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GM Colorado Hesitation

General Motors May Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over Defective 8-Speed Transmissions

Models affected include the Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado, as well as the GMC Sierra and Canyon

The filed class-action lawsuit affects the Chevrolet Silverado as well as the GMC Sierra. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege General Motors’ 8-speed transmissions are defective.

Certain Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC models built between 2015 and 2019 may have a defect in their 8-speed transmissions, according to a class-action lawsuit posted to ClassAction.org. GM Authority spotted the lawsuit, which says there are serious problems with GM’s Hydra-Matic 8L90 and 8L45 transmissions.

More specifically, the transmissions have a defect that cause vehicles to hesitate and jerk when accelerating or coming to a stop. The lawsuit reads, “These transmissions have a common defect…Drivers have reported that the shift is sometimes so violent, they feel as though they have been hit by another vehicle.”

It also mentions the case of an owner whose vehicle shifted from reverse to drive harshly enough that it nearly lurched through his garage door. The defect centers around the transmission itself or the torque converter. Over time, any shuddering, jerking or hestitation may cause internal issues, including metal shavings being circulated throughout the transmission.

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1. Compensation and Remedies

If you experienced problems with your GM Colorado, you may be entitled to compensation, a new vehicle, or a refund. Call for a Free Consultation, (claims handled on contingency with no payment needed).



Resources Pages





Here are some resource pages we have located in various areas of law.

www.contingencylawyernjny.com (Have a valid claim but worried about continuing legal fees. Consider possible contingency representation)

www.bettercallblackie.com (Cal. DUI lawyer)

www.ricolawyer.org (Representation and consultation under
State and Federal RICO laws)

www.lemonlawclaims.com (Review of lemon law claims, check pages on the Chevrolet Colorado)


Mistakes Pro Se (and sometimes lawyers) Make in Lemon Law Trials

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1. Not recognizing challenges 

New Jersey keeps statistics about lemon law trials and manufacturers win 70% of those trials.  So if you believe you simple need to show 3 repairs or 20 days out of service, you are unfortunately misplaced.

2. Requirement that the Problem Continues   

First, the law typically requires that the problem still exists.  So a lot of consumers lose when they say, I don’t care if they say its fixed and I agree its not malfunctioning now, but who’s to say it won’t malfunction in the future.  The point is I paid 45,000 for this car, I feel unsafe, and I want a reliable vehicle that I can trust.  Sounds good but that is not the legal standard.

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You mean if the problem is fixed, I can’t bring a claim under the lemon law? 

3. Material Impairment

You have to prove that a problem materially impairs use, value, or safety, saying the vehicle is unsafe may not be enough.

4. Doing it Yourself 

One thing we do is review the challenges beforehand, so the consumer is not surprised.  There are provisions for payment if you prevail, and doing it yourself can be a fatal and unnecessary mistake.

5. Lack of Expert Testimony and the Vehicle Characteristic Defense

Some problems are evident but sometimes, a manufacturer will suggest a condition is simply a product of the car’s design.  If a 4 cylinder vehicle is sluggish, that’s because the vehicle is designed for good gas economy.  Expert testimony can frequently dispel the claim of product design and help establish a problem.  We had a case involving an conditioner that periodically malfunctions, with the manufacturer submitting that the problem did not impair use, value, or safety.  However, the expert explained that the underlying problem impacted the engine, and the judge agreed the issue was substantial placing it under the lemon law.

6. Choosing the Wrong Forum

There are relatively strict requirements for lemon law cases in the Office of Administrative Law, but a variety of claims can be brought in court.  An attorney can help review where the case should be filed.

7. Getting a Lawyer Too Late 

A sadly  over-confident client loses a lemon law trial and then consults a lawyer.  Appeals may be time-consuming and clearly it is better to review options before trial.

HAVE A LEMON LAW CLAIM, CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION 

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Jewelry Charge Account Overbilling, Unauthorized Opening and Claims

 

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) and the People of the State of New York today settled claims against Sterling Jewelers Inc.  The Bureau’s and the State’s parallel investigations found that Sterling violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 by opening store credit-card accounts without customer consent; enrolling customers in payment-protection insurance without their consent; and misrepresenting to consumers the financing terms associated with the credit-card accounts. The Bureau also found that Sterling violated the Truth in Lending Act by signing customers up for credit-card accounts without having received an oral or written request or application from them. The State of New York found that Sterling violated several provisions of state law.

Under the settlement, Sterling will pay a $10 million civil money penalty to the Bureau and a $1 million civil money penalty to the State of New York. Sterling has also agreed to injunctive relief.   Sterling operates over 1,500 jewelry stores under several names, including Kay Jewelers, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, JB Robinson Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Belden Jewelers, Goodman Jewelers, LeRoy’s Jewelers, Osterman Jewelers, Rogers Jewelers, Shaw’s Jewelers, and Weisfield Jewelers. Sterling is a wholly owned subsidiary of Signet Jewelers Limited, the largest specialty-jewelry retailer in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Copies of the complaint and the proposed consent order filed in federal district court in the Southern District of New York are available at: https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/bcfp_sterling-jewelers_complaint.pdf  and https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/bcfp_sterling-jewelers_proposed-consent-order.pdf 

If you experienced problems with a jewelry credit card, you may be entitled to compensation.

CALL (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation

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CABLE OVERCHARGES

Have you checked and found your cable bill is substantially more than promised.

Sources 

https://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/cablevision-stamford-connecticut-c160838.html

https://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/optimum-my-bill-keeps-going-higher-and-higher-for-just-internet-service-c1015230.html

Call (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation on Your Claim

Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Problems

Toyota Sienna owners continue to complain of significant problems with sliding doors.  A class action has been filed and claims can be asserted for repair costs, diminished value, or loss of use.

There is an abnormal and elevated rate of product problems and failure with the sliding doors on the Toyota Sienna  due to improper and/or defective design or manufacture. Toyota outfitted the Sienna with automated rear sliding doors common to minivans.  Many owners  have experienced both the rear sliding doors stuck shut and unable to open by any means, manual or automatic, as well as the doors opening spontaneously.  They have incurred costs for attempted repair of the doors, loss of use of the vehicle, and expenditures for rental vehicles while the vehicle was being serviced.  Sliding doors being stuck shut and opening spontaneously presents safety risks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles data on product problems and defects, and tracks vehicle recall information.  NHTSA’s November 29, 2016 campaign, number 16V858000, is entitled “Power Sliding Door May Open While Driving”. The NHTSA campaign is directed at Toyota Sienna minivans and indicates, “If the power sliding door is unable to be opened when commanded, such as if the door is frozen shut, the door may subsequently open unexpectedly, possibly while the vehicle is moving.”

 

 

Sources

Edmunds Forum on Sliding Door

Facebook Sienna Forum

 

 

Call for a Free Consultation on Your Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Problem,

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Typical Car Problems

A recent article in Carproblem Zoo discusses the incidence of vehicle problems.  Car Problems article

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Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
125407
  Electrical System
122541
  Power Train
106723
  Air Bag
106484
  Service Brakes
89519
  Steering
73914
  Equipment
55225
  Structure
50361
  Suspension
47318
  Vehicle Speed Control
47170
  Visibility
36326
  Other Fuel System
33821
  Exterior Lighting
33416
  Gasoline Fuel System
28181
  Tire
23063
  Seat Belt
16226
  Seats
14723
  Electronic Stability Control
13921
  Wheel
12208
  Latches/locks/linkage
11098
  Unknown Or Other
10920
  Parking Brake
2573
  Air Brake
2224
  Diesel Fuel System
1402
  Traction Control System
1361
  Interior Lighting
1180
  Child Seat
812
  Hybrid Propulsion System
138
  Forward Collision Avoidance
81
  Back Over Prevention
38
  Lane Departure
19

If you experienced repeated car problems, you may be entitled to compensation or a new car.  Call for a Free Consultation

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