CAMDEN, N.J. – The Lemon Law Firm of Kimmel & Silverman, along with the law firms of Sheller Ludwig & Badey and Cyrus Mehri, have resolved a class action suit against Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc., alleging brake defects in 1999 Mitsubishi Galant Models.
According to documents filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Camden County, in November 2000, the 1999 Galant was manufactured with a brake defect, which results in premature wear of the front brake rotors. This defect causes the brakes to grind and requires continuous replacement of the brake pads and rotors.
Jersey City, NJ resident Isam Haddadin was the lead plaintiff on behalf of the class. In court papers, Mr. Haddadin alleged that his 1999 Galant had been returned to the dealership repeatedly to remedy the braking problem. Mr. Haddadin's complaint alleged that the same defects exist in all 1999 Galants, estimating that the problem affects several thousand Galants in New Jersey, and tens of thousands nationally. Mr. Haddadin claimed that his car often vibrated, the brakes grinded when pushed down, and he had to step on the brake several seconds before preparing to stop.
"We have seen the 1999 Galant brake problem with alarming regularity," said co-counsel Craig Thor Kimmel, "The cases share a nearly identical fact pattern of brake rotor repairs being performed every 3,000-5,000 miles. Rotors will normally last 50,000 miles or more. When rotors reach the point of replacement, the ability to stop the car is diminished. "
Consumers should have been notified in the mail or will be notified shortly. As lead plaintiff, Mr. Haddadin received additional compensation.
There are concerns that this brake problem does occur in later model Galants as well. Drivers who are experiencing this problem when the vehicle is still under warranty should visit www.lemonlaw.com or call 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652) to find out consumer rights under State and Federal Laws. These laws provide completely cost-free legal representation.
Since 1991, Kimmel & Silverman, P.C. has handled approximately one in four Lemon Law cases filed across the nation. To date, Kimmel & Silverman has represented more than 30,000 individual consumer claims, exclusive of class actions, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, making the firm the largest practice of its sort in the United States.
Sheller Ludwig and Badey, P.C. (www.sheller.com) focuses primarily on the representation of individuals and classes in cases regarding defective products, unfair business practices and injuries resulting from medical treatment. The Firm is currently lead counsel in several nationwide class actions.