Chrysler Does 180 on Lemon Law Claims

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on August 28th, 2009

When Chrysler went into bankruptcy, consumers lost clout. The automaker refused to honor warranty claims, lemon law claims, and safety recalls. This left people with only one option: filing a claim as an unsecured creditor, virtually guaranteeing that they’d get nothing or next to nothing.

According to the Detroit News, Chrysler has now done a 180-degree turn, thanks in no small part to Congressional pressure, and will now honor lemon law claims, warranty claims, and safety recalls. That’s good news for consumers, and in alignment with the policies outlined in GM’s bankruptcy filing.

Texas Gets New DMV

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on August 27th, 2009

The Star-Telegram recently reported that the Lone Star State will open a new agency on November 2: the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The state’s Department of Transportation has been handling all aspects of vehicle titles, license plates, and car registrations, but officials feel that the new department will be more efficient and save the state money. The major difference between the Texas DMV and those of other states is that the Lone Star State’s DMV won’t issue driver licenses. Instead, the Texas Department of Public Safety will continue to do so. The DMV will, however, be responsible for lemon law enforcement.

Consumer Gets Refund for Lamborghini Lemon

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on August 25th, 2009

A recent report by KOMO News goes to show that any vehicle can be a lemon. The Seattle owner of a Lamborghini was recently awarded a full, $240,000 refund by a Washington State lemon law arbitrator. When the consumer’s 2008 Gallardo Spider had squeaky brakes, he took it to the dealer three times in Washington, and five more times in Arizona. In one sense, Lamborghini did go the extra mile, flying in a mechanic from Italy. But the company ultimately did what so many other automakers do – told the owner there was nothing else they could do.

So, the consumer turned to the state’s lemon law – and won.

Toyota Recall Hits China

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on August 24th, 2009

According to a report from Reuters, Toyota is recalling over 688,000 cars in China due to a faulty electric switch in the window. The recall involves almost 385,000 Camrys, almost 36,000 Vios, almost 23,000 Yaris, and 245,000 Corollas. According to the company spokesperson, the defect hasn’t been linked with any accidents or injuries.

Honda Adds 440,000 More Vehicles to Recall

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on August 12th, 2009

Last November, Honda recalled some 2001 Accords and Civics for a defective driver’s side airbag. The automaker recently announced that it is expanding the recall to include 440,000 more vehicles. According to their press release:

In some vehicles, airbag inflators can produce over-pressurization of the driver’s (front) airbag inflator mechanism during airbag deployment. If an affected inflator deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator casing to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the cloth airbag cushion material, possibly causing an injury or fatality to vehicle occupants.

The repair involves replacing the steering wheel-mounted airbag inflator. If you have a 2001-2002 Accord, a 2001 Civic, or a 2002-2003 Acura TL, check to see if your vehicle is impacted by the recall. You can do so on the Honda or Acura website.