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2018 Chevrolet Malibu Fuel Injector Recall

2018 Chevrolet Malibu fuel injector issues are forcing GM to recall a little over 177,000 model year 2018 cars equipped with 1.5-liter turbo engines.

General Motors says software problems can cause the fuel injectors to become disabled.

The Malibu may stall without warning while driving and the disabled fuel injectors will prevent the engine from starting.

General Motors says it's possible a driver will see an illuminated check engine warning light when the fuel injectors fail.

Here are the main comments from GM to NHTSA:

Potential Number of Units Affected: 177,276

Problem Description: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles equipped with 1.5L turbo engines. An error in the Engine Control Module (ECM) software may result in the fuel injectors being disabled.

Consequence: Disabled fuel injectors would prevent the engine from starting and may cause a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-630-2438. GM's number for this recall is N192221960

If you’re in California and own one of these vehicles and have had fuel injector or engine issues, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

GM recalls over 3 million pickups and SUVs to repair brake issues

General Motors is recalling more than 3.4 million big pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S to fix a brake problem.

The recall covers the:

  1. 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado

  2. 2014-2018 GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups

  3. 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade

  4. 2015-2018 GMC Yukon

  5. 2015-2018 Chevy Suburban

  6. 2015-2018 Chevy Tahoe

GM says that as it ages, the pump in the power-assist brakes can put out less vacuum power than needed, increasing stopping distance and the risk of a crash.

The recall acknowledgment from NHTSA can be found here and here is a brief summary:

Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,456,111

Problem Description: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade, 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, 2015-2018 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon vehicles. The amount of vacuum created by the vacuum pump may decrease over time.

Consequence: As the vacuum level drops, the brake assist decreases, increasing braking effort, extending the distance required to stop the vehicle, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Electronic Brake Control Module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-630-2438, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N192268490.

If you’re in California and own one of these vehicles and have had brake issues, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain Oil Consumption Class Action Settlement Nears

To California residents, as mentioned before, Berman v. General Motors, LLC (the Chevrolet Equinox GMC Terrain oil consumption class action) is very near settlement. Notice of settlement has gone out to potential class members and there are very important deadlines approaching. Most significantly, if you want to NOT be in the class action and pursue an individual lemon law claim, you MUST OPT OUT of the class action prior to the September 20, 2019 deadline. Here is a link to the Notice that went out to class members and here is the information regarding opting out:

Equinox Oil Consumption

If you're in California and you own a 2.4L engine 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and have experienced oil consumption issues, you may be have a potential lemon law claim. If you’ve taken your Equinox or Terrain to a dealership for issues above, from engine stalling, abnormal oil consumption, high pressure fuel pump failure, balance shaft chain failure or engine failure, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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2017 Ford Transit Transmission TSB

There’ve been an abnormally high amount of complaints regarding the transmissions in 2015-2017 Ford Transit vans. Ford recently released a TSB for the issue, which can be accessed here. Additionally, here is a synopsis of the TSB:

Some vehicles may exhibit an illuminated MIL with diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) P0011, P0012, P0014, P0015, P0016, P0017, P0018, P0019, P0021, P0022, P0024 and/or P0025. This may be due to small debris causing the VCT solenoid to stick. Before attempting any component diagnosis or replacement of the VCT solenoid, refer to Powertrain Control and Emissions Diagnosis (PC/ED) pinpoint test HK11 to cycle the affected VCT solenoid 10 times to attempt to clear the debris. For claiming, use causal part 6M280 and applicable labor operations in section 10 of the Service Labor Time Standards (SLTS) Manual.

Ford extends transmission warranty for certain Fiesta and Focus vehicles

Ford is extending the warranty on certain 2014-16 model year Focus and Fiesta vehicles with dual-clutch transmissions by two years and 40,000 miles and offering a software update for customers who continue to have issues with the problematic gearboxes. With the extended warranty, the Fiesta’s and Focus’ will be covered up to 7 years and 100,000 miles.. Warranty coverage for the transmission control module remains 10 years or 150,000 miles.

Ford also said it will reimburse customers who are now covered with the extended warranty who have paid for clutch repairs out of pocket. The automaker said it recently saw an uptick in out-of-pocket expenses for 2014 model year customers whose warranty had recently expired.

The update provides an enhanced warning if a transmission control module fails.

These transmissions have been problematic, to say the least, for Ford., since at least 2012. Currently, there is a class action titled Vargas v. Ford that is on appeal.

Nissan issues warranty extension for 2013 Nissan Altima

A Nissan Altima lower control arm replacement program will provide car owners in 22 salt belt states and Canada with free repairs for damage caused by cracks, rust and corrosion.

Nissan says the Altima lower control arm replacement campaign will focus on areas that use road salt in the winter, or what are known as salt belt states.

The replacement program covers the 2013 Nissan Altimas in 22 states.

Per Nissan , the Altima rear lower control arms (suspension links) can crack from normal use of the cars, but corrosion from road salt can make the cracks worse. The potential defect at the heart of this issue is the risk corrosion could cause a suspension part to detach from the frame in states that use salt on icy roads. The rear lower control arms may separate at the areas of the bushing joints. Warning signs of control arm failure include a knocking or rattling noise from the rear of the vehicle.

“Nissan acknowledges that a crack may develop in the lower control arm due to stress and loading from normal use of the vehicle, and that road salts commonly used for snow and ice treatment results in corrosion that exacerbates growth and progression of the crack,” NHTSA documents read. "Once the crack develops, continued use of the vehicle causes the control arm to separate at one of four attachment points that connect it to the vehicle chassis. “Nissan determined the current incident rate was 0.003%.

The campaign is a ‘service campaign’ (similar to a warranty extension) and Nissan owners in those 22 states should receive notice within the next few months.

Customers who want to learn more about the campaign should call Nissan in the U.S. at 800-867-7669 or in Canada at 855-835-3854.

Nissan CVT Class Action Stayed Pending Preliminary Approval

Nissan is pretty well known for its problematic Jatco CVT Transmissions and there are no fewer than four different class actions covering the:

  1. 2011-2017 Nissan Senra

  2. 2011-2017 Nissan Versa

  3. 2011-2017 Nissan Versa Note

  4. 2011-2017 Nissan Juke

Currently, all four class actions are ‘stayed’ pending approval of the proposed Class Action Settlement. A preliminary approval hearing date has not been set yet by the court yet.

Nissan CVT Warranty Extension

Nissan CVT Warranty Extension

If you're in California and you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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Chevrolet Equinox Class Action Notice Mailed Out

Just a general FYI. Notice of the potential settlement regarding the Equinox Terrain Oil Consumption class action Berman v. General Motors, LLC has been mailed out. The address you should have received it from is:

2.4 Liter Oil Consumption Litigation

C/O Analytics Consulting LLC

P.O. Box 2003

Chanhassen, MN 55318-2003

And it should look similar to this:

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The Class Action administrator is the party one should direct all inquiries regarding the class action to. They can be found at 1.877.318.1027

New Nissan Sentra and Nissan Versa CVT Judder TSB

While not a warranty extension like those offered for 2003-2009 CVT Equipped Nissan Vehicles, this is helpful for those who have have either a 2013-2017 Nissan Sentra or a 2014-2017 Nissan Versa Note with a CVT Transmission. This is version H of the technical service bulletin, which presumably means that there were 7 (SEVEN!) prior versions.

The TSB is titled “2013-2017 SENTRA AND VERSA SEDAN, AND 2014-2017 VERSA NOTE; CVT JUDDER AND/OR P0746/P0965/P17F0/P0846 STORED” and it was released on February 15, 2019. It states that if you’ve been having the following issues:

The customer reports a transmission judder (shake, shudder, single or multiple bumps or vibration), hesitation on acceleration, lack of power or RPM flare.

Then the TSB should be applied to the vehicle.

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If you’re in California and you’ve had warranty work done to your Nissan CVT transmission, you may be better off filing an individual lemon law claim. If you're in California and you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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Chrysler Pacifica Transmission Problems

2017 Chrysler Pacifica owners are still experiencing issues with the factory equipped transmission installed. Complaints range from harsh shifting, not shifting into park, hesitations, lunges and noise emanating from teh transmission. Chrysler recently researched TSB 18-054-17, which is accessible here.

The TSB, titled “Flash: Powertrain Diagnostic and System Enhancements”. In it, it says:

Customers may experience a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) illumination. Upon further investigation, a technician may find one or more of the following Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) have been set:

  • U1431 - Implausible Data Received From Cruise Control Module.

  • P24B9 - EVAP System Leak Detection Pump Pressure Sensor Circuit Range/Performance.

  • P0300 - Multiple Cylinder Misfire.

  • P1C64-00 - Hybrid Perf Engine Speed Below Target During Autostart

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chrysler Pacifica to a dealership for issues above, from transmission issues, electrical issues or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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Ford Explorer Recalled for Suspension Problem

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 1.2 million Explorers built between 2011 and 2017, as well as some 2013 F-150s and Econoline vans. The affected Explorers were built at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant from May 2010 to January 2017.

Ford also recalled about 123,000 select F-150 trucks built between 2012 and 2013 due to a transmission calibration issue, and 4,300 Ford Econoline vans built between 2009 and 2015 because of a motive power issue. The company issued a recall in Canada for Taurus, Flex, Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles, because of rear-suspension issues affecting about 12,000 vehicles.

Vehicles recalled: 2011-17 Ford Explorer built at the Chicago assembly plant from May 17, 2010, to Jan. 25, 2017.

The problem: A link in the rear suspension may crack from heavy use. If the piece fails, drivers could lose some steering control. 

The fix: Dealerships will remove the left and right rear suspension links, replace them with new parts, and align the rear suspension, all at no charge to owners. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S17. 

NHTSA’s campaign number: There is no NHTSA campaign number yet. 

Nissan Altima CVT Class Action nears Settlement

A class action concerning the CVT transmission in 2013-2016 Nissan Altima’s (Elisa Cabebe vs. Nissan of North America, Inc) is nearing settlement as parties representing the plaintiff here submitted a Proposed Settlement for the federal court to review and sign off on. With that, there are more than a few hurdles potential class members have to jump through, namely:

… a Class Member must satisfy in order to be eligible to receive a reimbursement for a Qualifying Repair pursuant to the terms of this Settlement Agreement, which are:

  1. the Class Member must be a current or former owner or lessee of a Class Vehicle as of the Notice Date;

  2. the Class Member actually paid for a Qualifying Repair; and

  3. the Class Member must submit to the Settlement Administrator within the applicable Claims Period

    1. a properly completed Claim Form with a proper VIN;

    2. an affirmation under penalty of perjury that the Class Member (i) is a current or former owner or lessee of the Class Vehicle identified on the Claim Form and (ii) is not seeking reimbursement for any portion of the Qualifying Repairs previously paid for by NNA or by an extended warranty or service contract provider; and

    3. all necessary supporting documentation which is:

      1. Appropriate Contemporaneous Documentation of Qualifying Repair establishing that (i) a Qualifying Repair was made; (ii) the Class Member paid for the Qualifying Repair; (iii) the amount paid for the Qualifying Repair; (iv) the vehicle’s mileage at the time of the Qualifying Repair; and (v) the date of the Qualifying Repair. B.

      2. Additionally, for a Qualifying Repair made after expiration of the Warranty Extension but within the time frame described in Paragraph 59, Appropriate Contemporaneous Documentation of Nissan Diagnosis establishing that (i) an authorized Nissan dealer diagnosed and recommended a repair to the transmission assembly or ATCU; (ii) the vehicle’s mileage at the time of the diagnosis and recommendation was within the Warranty Extension Period; and (iii) the date on which the diagnosis and recommendation was made which was within the Warranty Extension Period.

Needless to say, there are more than a few hurdles to jump through here, not including the fact that the Judge still has to approve the settlement. The ‘benefits’ of the class action are:

If you are a Class Member, you could receive one of the following benefits if the Settlement is approved:

  1. Warranty Extension. Nissan will extend the terms of the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty for the transmission assembly (including the valve body and torque converter) and Automatic Transmission Control Unit (“ATCU”) in all Class Vehicles by twenty-four (24) months or twenty-four thousand (24,000) miles, whichever occurs first (the “Warranty Extension”). The Warranty Extension will be subject to the terms and conditions of the original New Vehicle Limited Warranty applicable to the Class Vehicle.

  2. Reimbursement for Replacement of or Repair to Transmission Assembly or ATCU. Nissan will reimburse Class Members for parts and labor actually paid by the Class Member for qualifying repairs involving the replacement of or repair to the transmission assembly or ATCU of their Class Vehicle if the work was done after the expiration of the powertrain coverage under the original New Vehicle Limited Warranty but within the durational limits of the Warranty Extension. If the replacement or repair was performed by a Nissan dealer, the full amount the Class Member paid will be reimbursed. If the repair or replacement was performed by a nonNissan automotive repair facility, Nissan will reimburse up to $5,000 for that repair or replacement. In both cases, the replacement or repair must have occurred on or before the Class Vehicle has been in service for eighty-four (84) months or been driven for eighty-four thousand (84,000) miles, whichever occurs first. If you paid for more repairs on more than one occasion, you can be reimbursed for all qualifying repairs subject to the above limits. For more information, see Question 8 below.

  3. Voucher Towards Purchase or Lease of a New Vehicle. Former owners of Class Vehicles who had two (2) or more replacements or repairs to the transmission assembly or ATCU during their ownership experience (as reflected by NNA warranty records) are eligible for a Voucher in the amount of $1,000 for either a purchase or lease of a single new Nissan or Infiniti vehicle. Prior software updates and/or reprogramming do not count as a prior repair. The election to apply the Voucher toward the purchase or lease of a single new Nissan or Infiniti vehicle must be exercised within nine (9) months of the Effective Date of this Settlement. The Voucher is not transferable. Class Members eligible for a Voucher but also eligible for reimbursement of a qualifying repair must elect either to receive the Voucher or to receive reimbursement; you cannot receive both.

There is NOT an option to have the vehicle repurchased from you, nor an option to receive a replacement vehicle. Furthermore, further claims must be submitted through the BBB.

All in all, if you’re in California and you’ve had warranty work done to your Nissan CVT transmission, you may be better off filing an individual lemon law claim. If you're in California and you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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Chrysler recalls nearly 300,00 Ram 1500 in US

FCA (Chrysler) has issued a recall for 296,000 2019-2010 Ram 1500’s that need repairs to prevent the airbags and seat belt pretensioners from failing.

The 2019-2020 Ram 1500s have software problems related to the occupant restraint controllers which can disable the airbags. A software error may occur when the engine is turned off, NHTSA says. If a computer module doesn't properly reset, the airbags and seat-belt pretensioners wouldn't work properly in a collision. Fiat Chrysler says the 2019-2020 RAM 1500’s have software with vulnerabilities "during power-down memory clean-up events which can corrupt flash memory."

FCA says about a third of the recalled trucks are still at dealerships, and the 2020 trucks are pre-production models that the automaker still owns.

The repairs are expected to be available this month.

Vehicles recalled: 295,981 Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2019-2020 model years, built from Oct. 31, 2017 through May 21, 2019. 

The problem: Software in the computer module that controls the airbags and seat belt pretensioners may become corrupt. If that happens, those systems would be disabled.

The fix: Dealerships will reprogram the module or replace it as necessary at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 800-853-1403. FCA's numbers for this recall are V61 and V71.

NHTSA’s campaign number: 19V407.  

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

2016-2018 Honda Civic Oil Dilution Warranty Extension

Honda is extending the powertrain warranty for the 2016-18 Honda Civic and 2017-18 CRV equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Consumer Reports first brought up the issue, noting that it is caused by gasoline from the cylinders not being fully burned and contaminating the engine oil, which could lower its effective lubrication and cause engine wear over time. The warranty extension covers repairs for the potential engine wear and extends the five-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty to six years and unlimited mileage. That Consumer Reports article can be accessed here.

Here is the link to the NHTSA summary, paraphrased below:

This warranty extension addresses concerns related to engine oil dilution due to various control unit software threshold settings and possible camshaft and rocker arm failures. Depending on driving behavior, some vehicles may experience lack of power, which may cause the MIL to come on with DTC P0300 (random misfire detected), P0301 (No. 1 cylinder misfire detected), P0302 (No.2 cylinder misfire detected), P0303 (No. 3 cylinder misfire detected), P0304 (No. 4 cylinder misfire detected), or P0172 (fuel system too rich) or a whirling noise from the engine.

American Honda expects to begin customer notifications by the middle of May 2019.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Honda Civic or CR-V to a dealership for issues above, fromoil dilution, oil consumption, engine replacement or any warranty condition, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  

2016-2018 Chevrolet Malibu Throttle class action

A putative class class action was filed on May 24, 2019 in Federal Court in Maryland concerning 2016-2018 Chevrolet Malibu’s and their throttle position / accelerator system. At bottom, the class action alleges:

“This action arises from the sale or lease of thousands of 2016 – 2018 Chevy Malibu vehicles throughout Maryland and the United States manufactured by Defendant GM that are equipped with a defective electronic throttle control and/or accelerator pedal position sensor that cause the vehicles to abruptly lose power, often at interstate highway speeds”

The class action complaint also says the ‘Engine Power is Reduced” notification on the dashboard will illuminate, along with loss of power.

Hutchinson and the proposed Class are represented by Nicholas A. Migliaccio, Jason S. Rathod and Esfand Y. Nafisi of Migliaccio & Rathod LLP, and Daniel Levin and Nicholas Elia of Levin Sedran & Berman.

The Chevy Malibu Class Action Lawsuit is Hutchinson v. General Motors LLC, Case No. 8:19-­cv­-01551, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and class counsel are Migliaccio & Rathod LLP and Levin Sedran & Berman.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chevrolet Malibu to a dealership for issues above, from loss of power, throttle position sensor replacement, accelerator system replacement or any warranty condition, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  

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Equinox / Terrain Oil Consumption Class Action Receives Preliminary Approval

The judge overseeing Berman v. General Motors, LLC class action involving 2010-2017 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrains has given preliminary approval to the settlement agreement. The court went further to set a final approval hearing on October 4, 2019. Notice will be sent to potential class members in the next few months.

If you are in California and if you’ve experienced oil consumption issues with your Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain, you are possibly entitled to much more than what you would receive under the class action. With attentive and individualized attention, you may be entitled to a vehicle repurchase or a cash and keep settlement. This could possibly be more than what you are entitled to under the class action.

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Chevrolet Equinox Proposed Class Action Settlement Terms

The terms of the nationwide Chevrolet Equinox / GMC Terrain oil consumption class action have been released and, according to the documents filed by the attorneys (not Valero Law, APC), they are as follows:

  1. If you own a 2010, 2011, or 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, you will be reimbursed for ‘prior customer-paid repairs under existing model year Special Coverage Adjustments.

  2. A new Special Coverage Adjustment that will cover model year 2013 Class Vehicles that were manufactured prior to the production change that introduced the updated piston rings in May 2013. That coverage extends for 7 years, six months or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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The Proposed Settlement can be accessed here.

With that, class actions are handled exactly as described - in a class. As such, individualized attention is not directed on your case. Instead, if you satisfy the terms of the settlement agreement, you are potentially entitled to the settlement terms.

(Edit 5/16/2019: The class action has been approved. Link here).

However.

If you are in California and if you’ve experienced oil consumption issues with your Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain, you are possibly entitled to much more than what you would receive under the class action. With attentive and individualized attention, you may be entitled to a vehicle repurchase or a cash and keep settlement. This could possibly be more than what you are entitled to under the class action.

The law firms that were appointed lead counsel to handle the class action are Ahdoot Wolfsoon, Coleman Law PC, and Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP.

2013-2016 Dodge Dart Transmission Recall

From the NHTSA Defect Summary:

Safety Recall V34 NHTSA 19V293

Transmission Shift Cable Bushing - 2013- 2016 Dodge Dart (April 11, 2019)

Shifter Cable Bushing May Detach From Transmission

If the shifter cable detaches from the transmission, the vehicle may not perform the shifts performed by the driver. Additionally, despite selecting PARK with the shifter, the vehicle may roll away. These scenarios may increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V293

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected 298,439

Summary Chrysler

(FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2013-2016 Dodge Dart vehicles equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions. The shifter cable bushing may fail allowing the shift cable to detach from the transmission. Remedy Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission side shifter cable bushing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May

Safety Recall V34 NHTSA 19V293 Transmission Shift Cable Bushing – 2013-2016 Dodge Dart | FCA

Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is V34. Notes Owners may also contact the National Highway Trac Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Nissan Sentra CVT Problems

California consumers are still experiencing issues with the problematic JATCO CVT transmissions in the Sentra, Versa, Juke,  Note, Pathfinder and Altima.  While Nissan did extend the warranty on the 2003-2010 models, Nissan later completely removed all reference to that warranty extension from their web page.  T

Common complaints in CVT equipped Nissans are:

  • Sudden shaking and violent jerking when drivers accelerate.

  • Lag or delay when the driver tries to accelerate.

  • Hard deceleration or “clunk” when drivers slow down or accelerate at low speeds.

  • Complete transmission failures and replacements.

A startling problem here is that, once out of warranty, it can cost approximately $4,000 to have the problematic CVT replaced AND, generally, dealerships often have trouble verifying the symptoms until it's too late!

The good news here is that, if you're in California and you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

Chevrolet Malibu / Cruze Piston Failure updated TSB

A few weeks ago I wrote about 2016-2017 Chevrolet Malibu’s and how they’ve been experiencing issues with the pistons within their engine.

I’ve attached here a new TSB (updated version F) that outlines the piston failure issue for 2016-2017 Chevrolet Malibus. That can be accessed here.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chevrolet Malibu or Chevrolet Cruze to a dealership for issues above, from engine failure, piston failure or any warranty condition, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  

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