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Friday, November 30, 2007

Toyota Recalls 2006 Lexus GS 300, IS 350, IS 250

Toyota Motor Sales Announces Safety Recall Campaign On Selected 2006 Lexus GS And IS 250/350 Models. The Lexus recall includes about 34,400 various Lexus models.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., will launch a Safety Recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The campaign involves approximately 34,400 2006 Lexus GS 300 (2WD and AWD), IS 250 (2WD and AWD) and IS 350 models. A possible crack may form over time in two specific fuel pipes in the engine compartment in the affected models. This condition only affects certain 2006 model year IS 250/350 and GS 300 vehicles.

The condition is due to high-stress areas that may have been created in two specific fuel pipes in the engine compartment during the manufacturing process. Combined with other factors such as the presence of corrosive agents in the fuel, a crack may form in the high-stress areas over time that could lead to fuel leakage. There has been one case reported with no related accidents.

TMS will notify owners of the involved vehicles with a Safety Recall notification via first class mail beginning in early December 2007. Newly designed fuel pipes will replace the affected fuel pipes at no charge to vehicle owners at any Lexus dealership.

If you think your Lexus is a lemon due to multiple repair attempts for this or any other issue, contact a lemon law attorney in your state now to find out if you qualify for the lemon law.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

"Lemons" Sold to Unsuspecting Consumers in Manitoba

Manitoba may be coming to the aid of used car buyers after learning American cars labelled "lemons" are being sold here.

"We may be able to relatively easily strengthen the regulatory powers under the Better Business Practices Act, to require disclosure and declaration that a vehicle has been a lemon before the purchaser decides whether or not they wish to buy it," Greg Selinger, Manitoba's finance minister, said Thursday.

"The bottom line is we're going to find a way to notify the public that if they're buying a lemon that they know about it before they make the purchase."

A used car labelled a "lemon" in the U.S. has significant problems that the manufacturer has been unable to resolve.

Last week, CBC Manitoba's I-Team investigative unit found more than 130 cars officially declared "lemons" under U.S. law are for sale in Manitoba.

Since there is no so-called Lemon Law on this side of the border, Canadian consumers may be unaware they are buying a lemon and have little protection if they get stuck with one.

The NDP government said last week it had no interest in enacting a Lemon Law but appears to have changed its mind after seeing the I-Team report.

Selinger further promised to call a meeting of all consumer ministers across the country to come up with a unified front.

"If there is an unwillingness at the national level to bring people together to look at it, we will consider moving on our own in Manitoba."

The amendment could be tabled as early as next spring.

11/23/07 - CBC News Online

Friday, November 16, 2007

Does The Lemon Law Apply To Recreational Vehicles?

A Pittsylvania County couple won a significant victory for consumers under the state of Virginia's lemon law. In the past, judges found the law didn't apply to recreational vehicles. But it does now.

Henry and Suzanne Reynolds work and play hard. Travel is their reward. They bought a brand new RV, and they paid $211,000 for it. They purchased it two years ago, but they only used the Mandalay Motor Coach for 17 days. It's been in the shop the rest of that time.

The RV has so many problems, the Reynolds' lost count of them. But the couple wasn't too concerned. After all, Four Winds International's promotional literature says it's covered by "bumper to bumper" warranty.

If this had been a conventional car or truck, there would be no question: the state lemon law would require the company to give the couple a new RV, or give them their money back. But Four Winds relied on case law that held RV's are not really "motor vehicles."

While Judge Jackson Kiser declared Virginia's lemon law "perfectly ambiguous," he decided a motor home does fit the definition of "passenger car." The judge ruled that it was the intent of the General Assembly to alleviate the hardship on consumers caused by the purchase of defective motor vehicles. Most important, Judge Kiser ruled an RV is a motor vehicle.

While that's a major victory for the consumer, the Reynolds are a long way from getting their money back, or a new RV. Their complaint is set for trial in federal court next month.

Meanwhile, they're stuck making a monthly payment of $1,400.

From WDBJ7.com story 11/7/07

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