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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 claimsjournal.com.

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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