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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Toyota Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Window Switches

Earlier this month, Toyota announced a Toyota recall for an issue involving power window switches in 7.4 million of  vehicles that can stick, smoke and potentially cause a fire.Though this issue had been brought to Toyota's attention when complaints first surfaced with the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration 4 months before, Toyota claimed it was not a major issue and thus did nothing to reach out to owners to warn them of the potential dangers. Just when Toyota was beginning to make a comeback from the 2010 sudden acceleration recall that caused the auto manufacturer's stellar reputation for dependability to take a major beating. That particular debacle cost Toyota $50 million in fines for not reporting the defect to regulators and for delaying recalls to fix the sudden acceleration problem that could cause accidents and injuries.

Toyota must now inspect 7.5 million vehicles for this potential defect which isn't nearly as severe as those in the 2010 recall, but still could cause a fire. According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, the recall in the U.S. includes:
  • 2007 - 2009 RAV4, Tundra, Camry and Camry Hybrid  
  • 2008 - 2009 Scion xD, Scion xA and Sequoia
  • 2007 - 2008 Yaris
  • 2008 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid
  • 2009 Corolla 
  • 2009 Matrix
If you own one of these vehicles you should be receiving a letter from Toyota shortly to advise of the recall. Though this may or may not be considered a "lemon" under state and federal lemon laws, if you have had any problems with your Toyota its wise to at least have a lemon law attorney review your vehicle's repair history to see if you might qualify.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Arizona Lemon Law Protects Nissan Leaf Owners

Some disgruntled Nissan Leaf owners are finding relief under Arizona's Lemon Laws. After months of driving their brand new Nissans many discovered that the cars did not operate according to mileage per charge specifications as promised at purchase.

Arizona Leaf owner Scott Yarosh claimed the vehicle only would maintain a charge for 42 miles and his commute to work was 45 miles, which was a huge problem he did not anticipate after he purchased the vehicle anticipating greater mileage per charge. And according to Yarosh, three of the capacity bars on his Leaf’s dashboard had disappeared, representing a 27.5 percent loss in battery capacity, after only 15 months of ownership.

Earlier this year, several Nissan Leafs including Yarosh' vehicle were taken to Nissan's testing facility after the manufacturer received several complaints regarding this issue.

According to Nissan spokeswoman Katherine Zachary, the issue of premature battery loss was confined to a small number of cases and the buyback was an effort to maintain customer satisfaction  rather than due to a defect in the Nissan Leaf itself.

If you are having issues with your Nissan Leaf, contact a lemon law attorney who can advise of your rights and protection under the lemon law in your state.  There is a class action lawsuit filed against Nissan in California for this issue with the Nissan Leaf as well.

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