Cablevision Class Action Settlement

Have you had problems with billing, advertising or service with Cablevision.  Our office is evaluating a class action and other relief based upon the company’s failure to compensate consumers for the loss of promised services.

Cablevision previously resolved a class action dealing with its video services.  The Settlement Class includes all persons in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York who subscribed to Cablevision’s video services and paid a monthly fee to Cablevision to lease a Set-Top Box.  The settlement provided, a one-time credit, several  months of Starz/Encore, including Starz on Demand and Encore on Demand. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options.

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Ford Escape, Fiesta Coolant Leak

Ford announced that a coolant leak recall is set to begin for owners of Ford Escapes, Fiesta STs, Fusions and Transit Connects, with 2014 Escape SUVs first on the list.  The recall was first announced in March 2017 that covers about 230,000 model year 2014 Ford Escape, 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and 2013-2015 Ford Transit Connect vehicles.  The vehicles can overheat and catch on fire because a lack of coolant causes the cylinder heads to overheat and the heads to crack. This can cause pressurized oil leaks that can result in engine compartment fires.  All the vehicles are equipped with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engines, but when all the vehicles will be repaired is up in the air. Ford says parts are now available to complete the recall on Escape SUVs only.

The coolant leak may leak to air-conditioning problems, engine issues, and other concerns.  Owners experiencing problems may be entitled to compensation.

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

 

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CHRYSLER PACIFIC STALLING AND RECALL

 

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Owners of  the 2016-18 Chrysler Pacific have experience engine and stalling problems on their vehicle.  Owners may be entitled to compensation or new vehicles because of these problems.  One source explains,

“Chrysler Pacifica stalling problems have caused a recall that will allegedly fix problems that typically occur while the minivans are making turns, driving slow steady speeds, while idling or when starting.

The recall includes nearly 154,000 model year 2017 Chrysler Pacifica non-hybrid minivans in the U.S., nearly 7,500 in Canada, more than 970 in Mexico and about 245 outside North America.

Pacifica drivers who complained about stalled engines were allegedly able to restart their minivans immediately afterward.

Fiat Chrysler (FCA US) says “under a rare set of conditions” the engine control module (ECM) can misread the operating status of the engine, causing the engine to stall.

Chrysler knows of one crash allegedly connected to the stalling problem, but is unaware of any injuries.

FCA says the fix involves dealers installing updated engine control software, but the automaker didn’t say when this will occur.

Owners of the recalled minivans may contact FCA customer service at 800-853-1403.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica recall follows a petition to investigate stalling problems in the minivans filed by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) and Pacifica owner Adam J. Cohen. The November 2017 petition asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open an official investigation into complaints made about the minivans.

In addition to wanting NHTSA to investigate the problem, CAS said FCA should recall the non-hybrid minivans and provide loaner vehicles until the Pacificas are correctly repaired.”  http://www.carcomplaints.com

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

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GENERAL MOTORS TRUCK AND SUV AIR-CONDITIONING PROBLEMS

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Five class actions have been filed against GM stating that certain GM trucks and SUVs were sold with a defective air conditioning system.   Even GM acknowledges that the claims ‘share factual questions arising from the allegations of a common defect.’

 

1. Vehicles Covered

Complaints have been reported about,

Cadillac Escalade (model years 2015-2017),
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (model years 2014-2016),
Chevrolet Suburban (model years 2015-2017),
Chevrolet Tahoe (model years 2015-2017),
GMC Sierra 1500 (model years 2014-2016)
GMC Yukon (model years 2015-2017)

2. Defect and Cause of the Air-Conditioning Problem

Several of the components in the air conditioning system are “too weak to
hold the pressure of the coolant” which builds up when the system is on.  One problem is that the discharge lines and condensers are too weak to handle the pressure the coolant is under.   Parts are causing coolant to leak out and air to seep in, which causes water vapor to freeze into ice, blocking the circulation of coolant.  The fluid is forced out of the system, making the system ineffective, and creating other potential problems.

3. Claims

Claims may be filed for breach of implied warranty, lemon law, express warranty, and violation of the federal Magnuson-Moss Act.  Further, complaints  allege that GM
knew about the alleged air conditioning defect, withheld that information from the public, and continued to advertise and sell the vehicles without informing purchasers of any issue.   Service bulletins related to the air conditioning defect were issued in
October 2014 and May 2015, online forums that contained customer complaints, and there have been ae number of claims for AC System repairs and part replacements
made during the car’s warranty periods.

 

IF YOU HAVE A GM TRUCK WITH AN AIR-CONDITIONING PROBLEM, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION.    

⇒ You have options beyond endless trips to the dealership trying to convince them that your truck STILL is not fixed.

⇒ Call us at the Law Office of Howard Gutman.  The phone consultation is free, plus we work on contingency – that means we do not get paid unless you do.  Our office has been able to negotiate settlements for our clients in compensation for these types of repairs.

⇒ Call us at 973-598-1980 to discuss your claim.

 

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Chevy Silverado Complaints

If you own a 2014-2015 Chevy Silverado and have had problems ranging from the air conditioning not working to the power steering failing to your truck vibrating excessively — you are not alone.  Car Complaints, which tracks consumer problems by vehicle make and model, reports these as the top complaints for late model Chevy Silverados.

Chevy Silverado Car Complaints
From https://www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Silverado_1500/

⇒ You may not realize that you have options beyond endless trips to the dealership trying to convince them that your truck STILL is not fixed.

⇒ Call us at the Law Office of Howard Gutman.  The phone consultation is free, plus we work on contingency – that means we do not get paid unless you do.  Our office has been able to negotiate settlements for our clients in compensation for these types of repairs.

⇒ Call us at 973-598-1980 to discuss your claim.

CHRYSLER PACIFICA ENGINE STALL AND TRANSMISSION PROBLEM

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Owners of 2017 Chrysler Pacificas have complained of stalling, poor engine performance, hesitation, and transmission concerns.  Owners may be entitled to refunds, compensation or replacement vehicles.

Carcomplaints.com reports,

“A Chrysler Pacifica engine stall lawsuit alleges the minivans can die on the highways at any speed, and Fiat Chrysler (FCA US) has no idea how to fix the problems.  The lawsuit includes all U.S. residents who purchased or leased 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivans equipped with 3.6-liter V6 engines and 9-speed 948TE automatic transmissions.

The Pacifica engine stall proposed class-action lawsuit was filed after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was petitioned by the Center for Auto Safety to investigate complaints about 2017 Chrysler Pacifica engines that stall while driving.   The petition says minivan owners report that dealers try different repairs to solve the stalling problems, including replacing the transmission and voltage control modules or updating the software. In addition, technicians try replacing the fuel tanks and modules, replacing the electrical power distribution boxes and making sure no loose battery connections exist.

However, owners report the repairs don’t stop the engines from dying in the middle of the roads.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is reportedly an updated version of the Chrysler Town & Country, with a 9-speed automatic transmission and a “gearbox lifted from the Chrysler 200 sedan.”

If you own a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and have experienced similar problems, you may be entitled to compensation or other remedy.  Call Howard Gutman at (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation on your problem.

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ANTI-AGING SKIN CREAM

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Our office is looking into deception and fraud claims involving anti-aging skin cream.  http://e-tvonline.com/wedding/luxurious/report.php  Some promote impressive results in a short time and celebrity endorsements.  However, some companies have reported complaints including unexpected charges.

We provide a free consultation to discuss your rights and remedies.

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Automobile Extended Warranty Information Sources

While many consumers purchase warranty plans for piece of mind, they may find companies refusing to provide coverage.

1. Parties to Sue

Generally claims should be filed against both the dealer and the warranty company.  Otherwise, the dealer says the warranty company failed to provide coverage and the warranty company argues the problem existed when the car was sold invalidating the coverage.

2. Defenses

Warranty companies aggressively try to avoid coverage despite the needs of the consumer, many of whom desperately need their car.  Here are some typical defenses and the response.

  • pre-existing condition-    Why didn’t the company inspect the car in the same way an insurance company asks for a medical examination before providing coverage.
  • hidden disclaimers           check the company’s literature and see if the promises conflict with disclaimers.  If so, that may be false advertising.
  • lack of maintenance         coverage should accord with the reasonable expectations of the insured and minor gaps should not bar coverage.
  • bogus report                     Frequently the warranty sends out an inspector whose job it is to avoid coverage.

    Here are some further sources of information on automobile extended warranties.

    FREE CONSULTATION ON YOUR AUTOMOBILE WARRANTY CLAIM

 

 

 

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Hyundai Tucson Transmission Defect

Lemon law claims ladyHyundai owners have complained about problems and malfunction in the 2016 Hyundai Tucson.  A class action is being evaluated.    Recently the company  announced a recall of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson to fix a software problem that could disable acceleration.

One article suggests, the problem is rooted in the Tucson’s transmission control module, which was supplied by Dymos Incorporated that controls controls gear-shifting on the Tucson’s seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

“In higher ambient temperatures and specific operating conditions, the transmission clutch application logic can result in a delayed engagement when accelerating from a stop. If the accelerator pedal is steadily depressed for approximately 1.5 to 2 seconds, the vehicle will begin to accelerate and normal driving is resumed. However, if the accelerator pedal is repeatedly cycled, the vehicle will not accelerate.”  http://www.thecarconnection.com/

Others have complained to the NHTSA and here is a typical complaint.  mber of Deaths:0

Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor America
Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): KM8JUCAG8FU…
SUMMARY:

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2015 HYUNDAI TUCSON. WHILE DRIVING 45 MPH, THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED BUT THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT ACCELERATE. THE VEHICLE EXPERIENCED A BRIEF LOSS OF POWER AND THE STABILITY CONTROL WARNING INDICATOR ILLUMINATED ON TWO OCCASIONS. THE VEHICLE WAS BROUGHT TO THE DEALER WHERE IT COULD NOT BE DIAGNOSED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE RECURRED APPROXIMATELY FIVE TIMES. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 1,800.

FREE CONSULTATION ON YOUR HYUNDAI TUCSON TRANSMISSION Call 973 598-1980

 

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