As the NHTSA launches phase three of the Takata air bag recall, an additional 3.3 million inflators will be added to the list. Approximately 34 million vehicles are currently under recall for approximately 46 million defective Takata air bags that can explode when the air bag deploys. The phased recall, which began in May 2016 and is expected to continue through December 2019, will affect a total of 65-70 million airbags.

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The owner of a 2013 Nissan Altima, purchased in April 2013, returned to her dealership May 10, 2014, after she started having problems with her car. The Altima’s air bag and occupant classification systems were defective and had been recalled on five (5) separate occasions, and repeated electrical problems affected the steering, brakes and powertrain systems. After a year of unsuccessful repair attempts the owner of the 2013 Nissan Altima decided to contact us for advice.

Shortly after retaining the Law Offices of Delsack & Assoc., P.C. to represent her in her demand for repurchase of the defective vehicle, we were able to negotiate a buyback. Our client was reimbursed for her down payment, monthly payments, and registration; less only the mileage deduction as allowed under the California Lemon Law. Nissan also paid her full purchase balance and all attorney fees. Our client was delighted with the outcome and happy to get rid of her defective vehicle.

The owner of a 2013 Ford Fiesta contacted the Law Offices Of Delsack & Associates P.C. after repeated complaints and three (3) repair attempts at her Ford dealer. She told us she suspected her transmission was defective as it would slip, shudder and hesitate while driving and she questioned whether her vehicle was eligible for a buyback under the California Lemon Law. After analyzing her case by reviewing the repair orders and purchase contract, we determined that she had a valid claim to have the vehicle repurchased.

A short time after filing our demand, Ford agreed to buy back the 2013 Fiesta. They paid our clients purchase balance, reimburse her down payment and monthly payments, and paid her attorney’s fees. Ford was allowed to deduct a usage fee as allowed under the California Lemon Law.

Our client was thrilled to get rid of her dangerous vehicle and be reimbursed for the monies she had paid.

Shortly after purchasing a 2014 Fiat 500L in June 2014, the owner was returning to her dealership with car problems. She subsequently provided FCA eight (8) more repair opportunities that kept her vehicle out of service for over 90 days. When she contacted the Law Offices of Delsack & Associates, P.C. she told us her vehicle had numerous problems which included:

  • The transmission, electrical and ignition system were defective;
  • Both the body control module and power train control module had been replaced;
  • The check engine light always remained on;
  • There was a burning smell from the engine;
  • The vehicle had been recalled for a drivers side knee airbags that may not deploy properly; and
  • The vehicle had been recalled for a transmission that was slow to shift or wouldn’t shift at all.

After trying unsuccessfully to have these defects repaired until March 28, 2016 , our client retained us to represent her in her demand for a buyback. Within a short time our firm was able to negotiate a repurchase of the defective vehicle. Our client was reimbursed for her down payment, monthly payments, and registration. FCA additionally paid her purchase balance in full and her attorney’s fees. The manufacturer was allowed to deduct a usage fee as allowed under the California Lemon Law, but the amount was minimal. Our client was thrilled with the outcome and happy to be rid of her defective Fiat 500L.

After his second (2) unsuccessful repair attempt, the owner of a defective 2014 Chevrolet Traverse contacted our law offices for advice and to retain our firm. He told us his vehicle had several manufacturing non-comformities affecting the engine and safety systems. The engine would periodically lose power; the check engine, traction control and airbag warning lights would remain on; and the passenger front safety belt anchor and restraint system were defective.

We analyzed our client’s potential lemon law case by reviewing the repair orders and lease contract, and determined that he had a valid claim to have the vehicle bought back. Shortly after filing our demand, GM agreed to repurchase the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, pay off the balance of the lease and reimburse our client for his down payment and monthly payments. GM also paid our client’s attorney’s fees. The only cost was a usage fee as allowed under the California Lemon Law.

Our client could not have been happier to get rid of the dangerous vehicle and be reimbursed for the monies he had paid.

Two months after purchasing a 2014 Ford Escape in January 2015, the owner was returning to her Ford dealership for the first repair opportunity. She subsequently provided Ford three (3) more chances to repair her Escape, which kept her vehicle out of service more than 71days.

The vehicle had several manufacturing non-conformities that caused loss of power and stalling under normal operating conditions. The engines long block assembly had been repaired several times, the Power Control Module (PCM) had been replaced and the check engine light was always on. The vehicle would also frequently go into “Limp Home Mode” and not exceed 40 mph.

After trying unsuccessfully to have these defects repaired until June 11, 2015 , the owner of the Escape contacted the Law Offices of Delsack & Assoc., P.C. for help. Within a short time our firm was able to negotiate a repurchase of the defective vehicle. Our client was reimbursed for her down payment, monthly payments, and registration; less only the mileage deduction allowed under California ‘s lemon law. Ford additionally paid her purchase balance in full and all attorney’s fees. Our client was delighted with the outcome.

The owner of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, purchased in November 2013, returned to her GM dealership in April 2016 when she first started having trouble with her car. She subsequently provided her dealer six (6) more repair opportunities before she called us for help.

When she contacted the Law Offices of Delsack & Associates, P.C., she told us her vehicle was experiencing a phenomenon called “Tire Hop”, a problem caused by imperfect steering geometry and sticky tires. She told us it caused a chattering noise from the rear of the car and the tires would slip when turning at low speed and tight steering angles. In addition, the drivers window, radio, cooling system, and fueling system were defective and the instrument panel would black out under normal operating conditions.

After trying unsuccessfully to have these defects repaired until December 10, 2015, our client retained us to represent her in her demand for repurchase of the vehicle under the California lemon laws. Within a short time our firm was able to negotiate a repurchase of the defective vehicle. GM also paid off her lien holder and paid for her attorney’s fees. Our client was delighted with the outcome and happy to be rid of her dangerous car.

Don’t let problems affect the safety of your vehicle. If you have had three (3) or more repair attempts for the same or similar substantial problem, two (2) repair attempts for a safety related problem, or your vehicle has been out of service in the hands of an authorized dealer for more than 30 days during the first 18 months or 18,000 miles, it could be a lemon.

The owner of a leased 2014 Cadillac CTS gave his GM dealer more than twelve (12) repair opportunities before he decided to call the Law Offices Of Delsack & Associates, P.C. for advice. He told us the engine, transmission and suspension were defective and there had been numerous repairs on the rear differential and axle. The CTS had also been recalled for a defective fuel flow control module, a problem common to many GM models.

Within a few short weeks of retaining our services, we were able to negotiate a repurchase of the defective vehicle and recover his down payment, monthly payments, and registration; less the mileage deduction fee allowed under the California Lemon Law. GM also paid the lease balance in full and our attorney’s fees. Needless to say our client was thrilled to be rid of his defective 2014 Cadillac CTS and get his money back. Continue reading

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 32,000 2016-2017 Ford Edge, 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX and 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles to replace Takata driver frontal airbag modules. According to the recall report, the affected vehicles have airbags that may not completely fill or the airbag cushion could detach during deployment. This problem is not related to Takata’s recall for airbags that can experience propellant degradation resulting in a potential rupture, but the results can be just as dangerous.

Owners will be asked to return to their dealer to have the driver frontal air bag module replaced. Because parts are not currently available safety recall will be sent out in March 2017 and a second notice will be sent when parts are available. For more information about the problem owners are asked to contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 17C02 and the NHTSA campaign number is 17V-123.

The owners of certain Ford Fiesta and Focus cars have been receiving notices regarding an extended warranty coverage on their Dual Power Shift (DPS6) transmissions. The extension gives owners a 10 year or 150,000 mile warranty on the vehicles transmission control module (TCM). This customer satisfaction program (14M02) affects certain 2011-2015 Fiesta and 2012-2015 Focus vehicles, although owners of 2016 models have received notices as well

The Problem: There is no denying that Fords DPS6 transmissions has problems. Intermittent loss of engagement while driving, lack of power and a no-start condition are common complaints, but the problems are amplified by driver expectations. Ford calls their DPS6 an automatic, when in reality, it is a manual transmission that shifts automatically. Owner expecting it to behave in the same manner as a regular automatic transmission have resulted in an even larger number of consumer complaints. Continue reading