Kia Sedona Power Sliding Door Defect

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Kia Sedona owners have complained about problems with the sliding doors.  Owners may be entitled to compensation or other relief.

More than 106,400 model year 2015-2018 Kia Sedona minivans have power sliding doors that could automatically close on objects located between the sliding doors and the minivans.  The power sliding door module controls the sensor that is located in the interior door well and detects movement while the sliding door closes.

Kia and the supplier determined the original programming of the module is set to a threshold level that can fail to detect objects in the path of the door sliding closed. This will prevent the automatic stop and reversal feature from doing its job.

In September 2017, Kia was looking at field data and found 17 customer complaints about power sliding doors that didn’t detect obstructions in 2015-2017 Sedona.  Engineers inspected the minivans and found the doors worked as intended, so Kia decided to monitor the field for additional problems.

Call (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation on your Kia Sedona Sliding Door Problem

 

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Toyota Camry Piston Problems

A report from Carcomplaints.com discussed problems with Toyota Camry engine piston.

Recall: 2018 Toyota Camry Cars May Need New Engines

product recallMarch 28, 2018 — Toyota is recalling 1,700 model year 2018 Camry cars to possibly replace the entire engines because of problems with the pistons.

The supplier of the pistons was performing a routine that required repositioning of the machining tool. Toyota says the tool was not returned to the correct position, resulting in pistons being produced with a diameter larger than specification.

The automaker says the cars may have pistons too large for the engines that can cause the engines to make noise and run lousy. In addition, the new cars could emit smoke from the exhaust while drivers watch illuminated warning lights and messages.

The problem can be so bad the 2.5L, 4 cylinder A25A-FKS engines can stop running while the cars are moving.

The automaker will start mailing recall notices in May 2018. Toyota dealers will inspect the production date codes of the pistons and replace the engines if needed.

Nissan Titan Transmission Problem

Petitioner contends that his 2016 Nissan Titan XD suffers from a condition in which there is a rough shift between first and second gears, and that the vehicle’s RPM’s surge and it lurches forward at times. Petitioner alleges that these are defects which substantially impairs the use, value, and safety of the vehicle within the meaning of the Lemon Law. Respondent maintains that the vehicle performs the way it is supposed to, and that the conditions described by the petitioner are normal for the vehicle in question.

TESTIMONY AND FACTUAL FINDINGS

Scott Policastro testified that he purchased the 2016 Nissan Titan XD (VIN # 1N6BA1F42GN508146) on April 16, 2016, from Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, in Neptune, New Jersey. He testified that he has brought the vehicle into the dealership four times for repairs. The vehicle has been out of service for a total of sixteen days. He testified that the issues relate the shifting between first and second gear. He testified that he is familiar with driving trucks and that the rough shift was not normal. He also testified that the RPM’s would surge and the vehicle would surge forward at times when he was slowing or at a stop.
He brought the vehicle in on May 25, 2016. At that time, there were minor issues with the outlet cover, a water leak and the driver’s side door, which were repaired. However, he reported the rough shift between gears one and two. The dealer acknowledged the issue and reprogramed the transmission control module (TCM). He testified that after the vehicle was returned to him, the truck still had a rough shift between the first and second gears, and he returned it for service on July 26, 2016. They reprogrammed the TCM again and claimed the issued had been resolved. He testified that the rough shift continued as did the surging when the truck was slowed or at a stop. He testified that the dealer told him at that time that the rough shift was normal in this vehicle. He brought the vehicle in again on August 2, 2016, and again reported the rough shift between gears one and two, and the lunging forward when slowed or stopped. The repair invoice indicates that the concerns did not repeat for the dealer and that the vehicle was operating within factory specs.

Hyundai Transmission Problems

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Owners of 2016 and 2017 Hyundais have experienced serious problems and may be entitled to refunds or compensation. One automobile publication describes problems with Hyundai Accent and other models,

“Another symptom of a slipped transmission in a Hyundai is jerking while driving. Again, this has commonly been reported in the Hyundai Accent. This can happen even when the gears are not in use. This jerking usually continues until the car reaches a lower RPM at which point the jerking lessens but doesn’t fully subside. In some cases, this has happened after the troublesome transmission was changed and the new transmission put in place. The jerking usually prevents the car from accelerating and driving faster than 20 MPH.

Bucking While in Overdrive

Bucking is another sign that the transmission could be slipping. When this happens, it causes the vehicle to speed up and slow down without effort from the driver. On such occasions, the RPM.”  https://itstillruns.com/hyundai-transmission-slippage-symptoms-5945650.html

Call (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation on your Hyundai Transmission Problem

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Nissan Transmission defect

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Owners of Nissan vehicles may be entitled to compensation for transmission problems.   The continuously variable transmission (“CVT”) known as the “JATCO CVT8HT.”
CVT is defective in design, and as a result is prone to causing sudden, unexpected shaking  and violent jerking (commonly referred to as “juddering” or “shuddering”) when a driver attempts to accelerate.  See class action complaint.  his pronounced juddering or shaking of the transmission prevents or hinders the vehicle from accelerating as intended.   The combination of Nissan’s transmission judder and its failure to accelerate according to driver input is asserted to be a “CVT belt slip condition”

If you have a Nissan with transmission problems, call for a Free Consultation

 

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2015 MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS 4 TRANSMISSION AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEM PROBLEMS

2015 Mercedes-Benz owners have complained that the engine or transmission cannot turn over, the starting current limiter may overheat from the repeated attempts of the starter motor attempting to start the vehicle. If the starting current limiter overheats, the surrounding components can melt, increasing the risk of a fire.

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Here are some typical complaints reported to the NHTSA

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE  55SWF4KB4FU

## VIN PASSED ## MERCEDESCOLLISION AVOIDANCE DISENGAGED SCREEN POPPED UP, STOPPED VEHICLE AT STOP SIGN, THEN A DELAY IN ACCELERATION HAPPENED LEAVING US SUSPENDED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WHERE WE WERE ALMOST HIT BY ANOTHER VEHICLE. GAS WOULD ONLY ENGAGE AFTER 10 SECOND DELAY AFTER I APPLIED CONSTANT PRESSURE. AT THE SAME TIME, THE IGNITION SWITCH IS NOT ENGAGING. I HAD TO PRESS THE START BUTTON FIVE TIMES TO FINALLY START THE VEHICLE ONCE I PULLED OVER AND TURNED OFF THE VEHICLE.

Components: STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

NHTSA ID Number: 10664470

Incident Date November 1, 2014

Consumer Location WILLIAMSBURG, VA

Vehicle Identification Number 55SWF4KB7FU****

Summary of Complaint

SOON AFTER PURCHASING MERCEDES, DISCOVERED THE FOLLOWING POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SAFETY ISSUES (ALL OF THESE FEATURES ARE STANDARD): 1) NEW “KEYLESS-GO LOCKING SYSTEM IS FACTORY PROGRAMMED TO UNLOCK ALL DOORS WHEN KEY IS IN OWNER’S POSSESSION & REAR DRIVER’S DOOR HANDLE IS TOUCHED, ALLOWING INTRUDER(S) TO EASILY ENTER OTHER SIDE OF VEHICLE. 2) NEW COMMAND/COMPUTER/TOUCH PAD SYSTEM, CONTROLS VARIOUS OPERATIONAL FUNCTIONS, LIKE RADIO, ENCOURAGING DRIVER TO TAKE EYES OFF THE ROAD TO OPERATE. TOUCHPAD REQUIRES DRIVER TO MAKE “MOUSE-LIKE” ACTIONS ON COMPUTER PAD (LOCATED ON CONSOLE) WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY DRIVING. 3) NEW AIR FLOW & VENT SYSTEM, CIRCULATES AIR FROM GRILL TO WINDSHIELD, ALLOWING LEAVES & OTHER DEBRIS, INCL. WATER, TO ENTER ENGINE COMPARTMENT AT THE TOP OF HOOD. DEBRIS LODGED HERE COULD POTENTIALLY RESULT IN OVERHEATING & CAUSE FIRE OR RESULT IN DAMAGE TO WIRING AND/OR OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE ENGINE. 4) LETTERS (W/PICTURES) SENT TO MBUSA, CEO, RESULTED IN PHONE CALLS FROM SUBORDINATE STAFF, REJECTING OUTRIGHT EACH COMPLAINT BUT ADVISING THAT DEBRIS IN ENGINE AREA IS “NORMAL” & CUSTOMER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO REMOVE. LETTER TO DAIMLER’S CEO IN GERMANY WAS REFERRED BACK TO MBUSA. 5) ASKING FOR YOUR INTERVENTION BEFORE THESE PROBLEMS POTENTIALLY RESULT IN INJURY OR FATALITY. IF THIS IS NOT THE OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE & INTERVENE, PLEASE FORWARD TO THE CORRECT AGENCY & ADVISE ACCORDINGLY. CAN PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFO. ON REQUEST. THANK YOU… 5

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

NHTSA ID Number: 10682327

Incident Date February 5, 2015

Consumer Location WILLIAMSBURG, VA

Vehicle Identification Number 55SWF4KB7FU****

Keywords Mercedes, 2016 manual transmission,

Summary of Complaint

ON 11/1/14 I FILED A COMPLAINT ABOUT SAFETY ISSUES WITH MY NEW 2015 MERCEDES, C300 (ODI # 10664470) THAT PERTAINED TO DEBRIS ENTERING THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT FROM THE TOP, NEAR THE WINDSHIELD, AND OTHER ISSUES WITH THE COMMAND “RADIO”, “TOUCH PAD” & KEYLESS ENTRY LOCKING SYSTEMS. I UNDERSTAND THESE SYSTEMS ARE NOT PROPRIETARY TO MERCEDES AND SO ARE IN MANY OTHER LUXURY MODELS. I’VE REC’D NO FEEDBACK FROM THE DAIMLER CORP OR FROM YOUR OFFICE.

NOW A NEW ISSUE DEVELOPED WHERE THE KEYLESS GO WOULDN’T ALLOW ME TO EITHER ENTER THE VEHICLE OR SOUND THE “PANIC” ALARM. THE COMPANY DOESN’T KNOW HOW OR WHY THIS COULD HAPPEN OR HOW TO FIX IT. I’M ESPECIALLY CONCERNED WITH THE INABILITY TO USE THE PANIC BUTTON, WHICH IS THERE IN CASE OF A CRIMINAL OR MEDICAL EMERGENCY. WHAT A SURPRISE WHEN YOU GO FOR IT AND IT DOESN’T WORK. THERE IS NO BACK UP SHOULD THE BATTERY FAIL TO WORK. I BELIEVE THIS IS ANOTHER SAFETY ISSUE WITH THIS CAR AND WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOUR OFFICE WOULD TAKE ME SERIOUSLY AND CONTACT ME BEFORE SOMEONE IS INJURED OR KILLED.. THANK YOU..

Components: MERCEDES ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

NHTSA ID Number: 10700580

Incident Date January 20, 2015

Consumer Location NESCONSET, NY

Vehicle Identification Number 55SWF4KB4FU****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2015 MERCEDES BENZ C300. WHILE DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED BUT THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT ACCELERATE. THE STABILITY CONTROL INACTIVE, COLLISION PREVENTIVE ASSISTANCE INACTIVE, AND CRUISE CONTROL INACTIVE WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE FAILURE RECURRED THREE TIMES. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER, WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE RADAR SENSOR NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED, BUT THE FAILURE RECURRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 8,000.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, ENGINE

NHTSA ID Number: 10712755

Incident Date April 1, 2015

Consumer Location MILPITAS, CA

Vehicle Identification Number 55SWF4KB2FU****

Summary of Complaint

  1. WARNING LIGHT “INOPERATIVE COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS” COMES UP ON THE DISPLAY ON & OFF WHEN DRIVING. CAR WAS SENT TO SERVICE ON 4/22 BUT DIDN’T DUPLICATE THE ISSUE. CAR WAS RETURNED TO ME ON 4/23.
  2. ON 4/24, WARNING LIGHT “INOPERATIVE COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS” COMES UP AGAIN PLUS THE YELLOW “ENGINE LIGHT”. *TR

 

January 13, 2016

Components: ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

NHTSA ID Number: 10819922

Incident Date January 13, 2016

Consumer Location HEYWORTH, IL

Vehicle Identification Number N/April 8, 2016

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, ENGINE, UNKNOWN OR OTHER

NHTSA ID Number: 10854453

Incident Date April 7, 2016

Consumer Location CANONSBURG, PA

Vehicle Identification Number 55SWF4KB7FU****

Keywords Manual transmission, Mercedes ml transmission problems,  car recall list, class action lawsuit, class action lawsuit list, lemon law claims, recall list, powertrain control module problems, powertrain problems, , electric systems, auto electrical, car electrical system repair, electrical car services,

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING “COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS INOPERATIVE” MESSAGE APPEARS ON DASHBOARD. CAR LOSES ITS ABILITY TO ACCELERATE. OCCURRED TWICE (JANUARY 2015) ON CITY STREETS FORCING ME TO PULL OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND RESTART MY CAR, THE ERROR DISAPPEARS AND I AM ABLE TO DRIVE NORMALLY. 4/7/16 OCCURRED WHILE TRAVELING 65MPH ON AN INTERSTATE. I LOST ABILITY TO ACCELERATE AND WAS ALMOST REAR-ENDED BY A SEMI-TRUCK. THE VEHICLE WAS SERVICED AT A MERCEDES DEALERSHIP ON 1/11/16 THE HIGHWAY INCIDENT OCCURRED AFTER THE “FIX”. IT IS CURRENTLY BACK AT THE DEALERSHIP BEING TESTED BY THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT. I AM TOLD THE CURRENT FIX IS TO REPLACE ALL THE SENORS. I HAVE OPENED A CASE WITH MBUSA TO REPURCHASE THE VEHICLE GIVEN THE INITIAL REPAIR DID NOT WORK AND PUT ME IN PERILOUS HIGHWAY SITUATION. I PURCHASED THE VEHICLE IN OCTOBER OF 2015.

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Nissan Rogue Paint Peeling

 

Consumers have complained of problems with the Nissan Rogue paint.  Owners may be entitled to compensation for repair orders or repainting.  Call for a Free Consultation.
Here are some typical reports,
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“there is definitely a problem with 2013 Nissan Rogue pearl white. I’ve had the exact same issue with my paint chipping. Corporate also told me it was a warranty issue. I was told by a local body shop that worked with Daytona Nissan (where I bought the car), that it was likely a manufacturer error and they over baked the primer.”

Nissan has sometimes been unwilling to address paint problems, pointing to the expiration of stated warranties.  Here is one consumer’s letter,

January 14, 2013

Suzanne F******
Nissan Consumer Affairs
(via certified mail)

Case: 102*****
VIN: 1N********

I am in receipt of your letter dated Dec 20, 2012 denying remedy to me for the premature paint failure on my vehicle by virtue of the fact that my vehicle was four months past the warranty period (but within mileage limits) when I first noticed the situation developing. I’m not sure that the fact that the date of my first notice of the situation relative to the warranty period was ever in contention.

Here is a quote from within your communication: “Nissan carefully considered your request during a review of all the available facts pertaining to your specific situation.” Emphasis mine.

Concerning that statement, I would appreciate your response as to whether it was determined that the premature paint failure on my vehicle was caused by a latent defect in the manufacturing process or by environmental or other conditions beyond the control of Nissan. I would be especially interested to know that, if the determination was made, how this determination was performed without inspection by Nissan. Is it the policy of Nissan that paint failure on their vehicles at three years and four months after date in service is an occurrence unworthy of research to find the causative agent?

Nissan Rogue owners have asked, Is is the policy of Nissan that serious and expensive, but latent, defects in their vehicles are the entire responsibility of the owner if happenstance has it that the defect is not noticed until after the warranty period?

 

Nissan Rogue owners may be entitled to compensation for problems.  Call (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation.

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9 Speed Transmission Recall

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There have been multiple recalls, service bulletins, and  changes in the 9 speed transmission to address serious problems.

Jeep and Land Rover showed the first nine-speed  automatic transmissions of the world  at the 2013 Nobel Geneva Motor Show  with the  Jeep Cherokee 2014 the first nine-speed automatic transmission commercially available.  

1. Recall

Automotive supplier ZF is recalling a control sensor found on nine-speed automatic transmissions used in over 500,000 vehicles. Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Land Rover models are affected.   The transmission can shift into neutral at any speed or gear because of an insufficient crimp on a wiring harness attached to the sensor cluster. Models affected include the 2014-16 Jeep Cherokee, 2015-16 Jeep Renegade, 2015-17 Chrysler 200, 2015-16 RAM ProMaster City, 2016 Fiat 500X, 2014-17 Range Rover Evoque, 2015-17 Land Rover Discovery, 2015-17 Acura TLX (V6) and certain trims of the 2015-16 Honda Pilot.

http://autoweek.com/article/recalls/zf-recalls-505000-vehicles-9-speed-automatic#ixzz4TrS6VF7c

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2. Software Changes and Updates

A Feb. 2015 story explains.

Now the automaker is offering a solution by way of software updates. The reprogramming of vehicle computers is said to cure issues of “hard shifts, lunging, unexpected disengagement of the transmission, and repeated illumination of malfunction lights.” Those complaints come directly from customers filing reports on the safecar.gov website.

FCA U.S. will begin to notify owners of 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees along with owners of some 2015 Chrysler 200s powered by the 2.4-liter four-cylinder that the reprogrammed software is available at dealerships. In an interview with Automotive News, an FCA U.S. spokeswoman said the updated transmission software is “intended to keep the vehicle performing as intended, and to prevent durability issues from occurring in the future.”

This is hardly the first issue  had with the nine-speed unit. The Cherokee’s original launch was delayed three months. http://www.topspeed.com/trucks/truck-news/jeep-cherokee-gets-software-update-for-problems-with-the-nine-speed-automatic-transmission-ar167506.html

 

Nissan Cvt Transmission Problems

Nissan had created a “CVT” transmission on many of its vehicles.  Owners have reported problems that include, erratic shifting,  problems with acceleration,  improper shifting, no engagement into gear, shudder, shaking or vibration.  Nissan CVT Owner may be entitled to compensation for diminished value, loss of use, or other problems. 

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