According to Nissan North America, Inc. officials, several of its 2013 Model Year Nissan Sentra cars were assembled with defective fuel tanks. Nissan’s position is that these are the only cars that are affected by the defect. This defect is very serious. Defective seams on the fuel tank allow fuel to leak from the tank when it is filled. Nissan North America, Inc.’s notice to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not state it, but it is reasonable to conclude that a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. If you own one [...]
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration was recently informed by Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC that certain of its vehicles were assembled with defective second row seat belts. According to Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, the tightening torque of the bolt securing the seat belt anchor fitting is too low. This condition can lead to a failure of the seat belt assembly and serious injuries to the occupant in the event of a crash. The following model year 2013 vehicles may be affected by the defect: GL350 BlueTEC Gl450 4MATIC GL550 4MATIC GL63 AMG Contact National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1 (888) 327-4236 (TTY [...]
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently unveiled a new iOS SaferCar app. It is a nifty little app that provides real-time vehicle safety information such as the following: 5-Star Safety Ratings Recalls and Complaints Help installing Child Seats Safety Headlines and Alerts I downloaded the app and I must say that it works really well. It is an easy and intuitive app. Users can even submit car complaints to National Traffic Safety Administration directly through their phone! Click herefor more information, or here to download the app.
The lemon law was enacted by the California Legislature to provide consumers with specific protection from manufacturers of defective products. The California Lemon Law states that consumers of new or used vehicles are entitled to monetary compensation or a replacement vehicle if, after a reasonable number of repair attempts, the vehicle continues to fail to conform to the manufacturer’s express written car warranty. There are many provisions under the lemon law that appear unclear and remain debatable issues for a judge or an arbitrator to decide; however, the law does make it clear that no consumer will have a successful [...]
If you think that the used car you are about to buy is safe because it has been subject to a rigorous safety inspection by the dealership, you better think again. It just might be subject to a safety recall.
Don’t assume that the used car history report the dealer provides to you accurately represents the car’s repair history. Those reports can be incomplete. I recently forced a dealership to buyback my client’s defective car. The operation of the car was a complete mess starting from the day she purchased the car. The car experienced chronic check engine light illumination, misfires and stalls. The used vehicle history report (Here) she was provided showed the vehicle had a long history of apparently routine service and maintenance. However, a deeper investigation by my office revealed a different story. The truth is the [...]
Ford Motor Company recalls certain C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ cars because of defective airbags. The defective restraint control module in these affected cars can experience a short circuit. The affected vehicles includes certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, [...]
Did you know that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that odometer fraud affects more than 450,000 cars each year, milking more than $1billion from car buyers annually? Odometer fraud is a serious crime, and it can render a car unsafe. Protect yourself from odometer fraud by doing the following before you decide to purchase a used car: Ask to see the title and compare the mileage on it with the car’s odometer. Compare the mileage on the odometer with the mileage indicated on the car’s maintenance or inspection records. Oil change and maintenance stickers on windows, or door frames, [...]
Here is a handy brochure on car tire safety – it explains those numbers too! The condition of car tires should not be taken for granted. The car’s tires are an integral part of the vehicle’s overall safety, and ride comfort. Note: If you are charged a tire fee – Line 2C on the contract – when buying a used car, make sure the car is equipped with new tires!
You may not know it, but when you purchased that used car, the dealer may have installed a Global Positioning Sensor on the car to track your whereabouts if you were perceived to be a credit risk. Ever improving technology is making GPS systems the ultimate surveillance tool. As a general rule, it is not illegal for a car dealer to install a GPS system on a buyer’s used car. But, the dealer must disclose that fact to the buyer. The failure to do so, whether intentional or not, is an illegal practice and may be a basis for forcing [...]