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Monday, December 24, 2012

Toyota Camry and Prius V Wagon Score Low In Safety Crash Testing

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's recent round of safety crash testing found some surprising results. The Toyota Camry and Prius V Wagon, 2 of Toyota's most popular sellers were ranked "poor" 
Most of the vehicles tested were rated as “Acceptable." Cars earning the “Acceptable” rating included the two-door Accord coupe, the Ford Fusion sedan, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima and Maxima, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, Mazda6 and Volkswagen Passat.

The testing, admittedly tough even according to the IIHS' own standards, imitates a type of frontal crash that the institute's research has discovered accounts for nearly 1/4 of crashes that seriously injure or kill front seat occupants.Three additional vehicles, the Chevy Malibu, VW Jetta Sedan and Hundai Sonata scored "marginal" the second lowest ranking in the test.

Toyota responded to the test results with great concern and admitted that the bar has been raised and thus there is an urgent need for greater safety and improvement for its 2 top selling vehicles in the Toyota line, moving forward with newer models.

If you are experiencing repeated issues with your Toyota Camry or Toyota Prius V wagon, lemon law attorney to advise of your rights. Also, if you receive notice of a Toyota recall or notification any other manufacturer, do not ignore as it could impair your safety and the safety of passengers that ride with you.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Why You Should Hire a Lemon Law Attorney

New York consumer Moncy Choy was stuck with a used "lemon" Mini Cooper that she could not drive, even after the dealer, Mayer's Auto Mall, attempted to repair the vehicle 5 times, according to a recent story by WABC-TV New York. She was so frustrated that she wound up purchasing another car and thus had to pay for two vehicles at the same time while the Mini Cooper, unsafe to drive, sat in her friend's driveway.

Ms. Choy went through lemon law arbitration supplied with strong repair documentation and photographs to detail her ordeal with the Mini Cooper. She won the arbitration but claimed that even after reaching out to the dealer repeatedly via email and phone, she could not collect the refund they owed her for the defective vehicle.

If you suspect you may be driving a lemon, contact a lemon law attorney right away, experienced and knowledgeable regarding the ins and outs of state lemon laws and the federal lemon law as well. Most states allow an attorney to be present at your arbitration, but even so, most lemon law lawyers offer a free case consultation to advise of your rights as you need to know the recommended path for pursuing a lemon law claim or other available options.

Typically, a defendant, whether dealer or a manufacturer, is more inclined to respond quickly to a lawyer than a consumer due to fear of repercussion. If you have a used vehicle with a warranty, don't write off the possibility of getting lemon law relief, only a consumer attorney in your state can advise as to your rights regarding your particular case.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ford Finds Fix for Fire Risk in 2013 Fusion and Escape Models

After Ford's recent recall of 89,000 2013 Fusion and Escape models for fire risk due to engine overheating issues, owners received no information on the recommended fix which was of great concern. Until they could figure out a fix, Ford was wisely offering Fusion and Escape owners the opportunity to use a free loaner car. The recalls only affected models with 1.6 liter turbocharged engines.

As of today, Ford has determined the cause of the issue and have the recommended fix, a software update, that will prevent overheating, which was allegedly the cause of the small amount of fires that occurred. No one was injured as a result of the overheating/fire issue but none the less, Ford knew to take care of the fix asap before any injuries occurred.

This latest recall was the 4th in recent months for the new Ford Escape. According to automobile safety advocates, 3 or more recalls in a year for any vehicle is a sign of a quality problem, but Ford's Product Development Chief claims these are isolated incidents and easily addressed.

Experiencing issues with a 2013 Ford Fusion or 2013 Ford Escape? Get a complimentary lemon law consultation from a lawyer in your state.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Missouri Attorney General Reaches Settlement With Auto Warranty Firm

A settlement for $399,400 with automobile warranty provider NRRM, LLC was announced by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. NRRM LLC is a St. Peters Florida based company that sells auto warranty protection to vehicle owners. The settlement was awarded based on misleading practices and claims delay tactics, according to a recent article found on

NRRM had been doing business as StopRepairBills since 2009 but then changed their name to "Vehicle Protection Center", operating a call center with representatives trained to handle incoming calls and offer services regarding vehicle breakdown protection.Advertising for these services included claims of 100% vehicle breakdown coverage for repairs, but when a consumer with NRRM coverage in place contacted the call center, representatives were trained to only give a partial payment and delay the remainder, which prompted many policy holder to attempt cancellation.

The injunction against NRRM also required that the company reform its automobile service contracts sales and practices, including the sale of "additive contracts" which were falsely represented as "product warranties" in order to avoid regulation under service and insurance contract laws.

Whether you purchase a new or used vehicle, extended service contracts should be researched in great detail before signing on the dotted line.Online reviews and other consumer's comments could provide valuable insight and help you make an informed decision.

Check out manufacturer vehicle warranties.

Read the article, Auto Warranty Settlement  for additional information.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Are Auto Manufacturers Really Making Better Vehicles?

A recent article in the International Business Times online addresses the issue of an inordinately large amount of recalls for defects by large automobile manufacturers including the most recent recall of 2.7 million vehicles worldwide for steering and water pump problems by Toyota. This recall includes gasoline-electric Toyota Prius' for the water pump issue and other vehicles in the Toyota line for both the steering and pump problems.

This comes on the heels of Toyota's gigantic recall last month of 7.4 million vehicles for faulty power window switches. Though not a major issue, this recall still impacts Toyota's reputation for producing reliable, tough and low maintenance vehicles.

Its plausible that manufacturers are becoming more proactive regarding defects both large and small as transparency has become the norm and to quote the writer of the article, "a recall does not a lemon make."
Since the Toyota recall debacle of 2009, its apparent the manufacturer is making strides towards greater consciousness and concern for overall automobile safety. This applies to other automobile manufacturers as well, for defects ranging from serious to minor.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Florida's Lemon Law - A Perspective

A recent blogger on reminds Florida consumers of their rights under Florida's "lemon laws" also know as The Florida Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act or Chapter 681 of the Florida consumer protection statutes. The law in Florida obligates intervention in the form of arbitration if a manufacturer fails to "make right" on a new vehicle that has returned to the dealer for repair of a defect 3 or more times and yet the defect remains.

The law provides for remedies to the consumer in the form of a new vehicle of equal value, or a refund of the purchase, less the reasonable use offset as determined by the dealer/manufacturer. Though Florida's law does not require a lemon law attorney licensed in Florida to be present at the dispute resolution board hearing, it is the opinion of the author of this article and of our Florida Lemon Law Attorneys, that an experienced advocate on your side is the wise way to proceed.

Though you could certainly go it alone, why jeopardize your chances to receive the best possible outcome?

Contact a Florida Lemon Law Attorney now for a free case consultation.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Superstorm Sandy's Impact On Used Car Buyers

The market saw a huge influx of flood damaged cars when Katrina struck back in 2005. Now, it seems as though it will become a "buyer beware" market for used cars in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a disaster that left its mark and devastation on millions of people from Maine to South Carolina.

Many flood damaged vehicles can be repaired but others should be scrapped due to irreparable damage to vital components of the vehicle's engine, brakes, fuel system and more. Learning how to spot flood damage before purchasing a used vehicle can make all the difference in preventing buyer remorse after taking the vehicle home. If you purchase a vehicle "as-is", you will not be able to pursue a lemon law or breach of warranty claim as only vehicles with a warranty will fall under lemon law protection.

Tips to spot a flood damaged vehicle:

1.) Use your nose - does the car have any sort of smell that seems off? Mold or mildew will leave an odor and are a sure sign of flood damage. Or if there is a strong deodorizer or air freshener smell this could be covering up a bad smell. Walk away!
2.) Do you see any visible condensation in the headlights or taillights? Don't let an auto dealer's salesperson tell you its nothing, if you are uncertain, leave the car today and come back tomorrow, if its still present, something isn't right, don't buy the vehicle.
3.) Is there mud anywhere in the vehicle, especially around the seat belts? How would it get there? Once again, if it seems to be odd, walk away.
4.) Look for corrosion anywhere on the vehicle. This could vary depending on the age of the vehicle but any sign of corrosion in a newer vehicle or excessive corrosion in an older vehicle could be a sign of flood damage.Look underneath the car as well.
5.) Touch the car's upholstery and carpet and sit on the seats in the front and back. If it feels damp this is most definitely a red flag. No plausible cause for moisture inside a vehicle.
6.) Open the trunk and check the carpet, spare tire and well. Any sign of moisture in any of these areas could be a tip off.
 7.) Check under the hood.You don't need to be a mechanic. If the wires are brittle that's a bad sign, but test drive the car to see how it runs, any smoke, burning smell are worse and may only be present when the car is running.
8.) Test each component of the vehicle that you can including air conditioner, windshield wipers, radio,cigarette lighter, heating system and power windows. If any of these do not perform as expected, get out of the vehicle and find another one!

Go to an honest, reputable auto dealer to purchase a used vehicle and if one is available, get a warranty for the vehicle. You do not want to end up with a flood damaged lemon with no lemon law recourse. If a dealer knowingly sold you a flood damaged vehicle and did not disclose this information to you, this could be auto dealer fraud, contact a consumer fraud lawyer to advise of your rights.

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