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Volkswagen Recall Scandal

In September 2015, the EPA found Volkswagen diesel cars had a “defeat device” in them which could recognize performance test situations. Upon recognizing the test, the cars altered their own performance to improve results.

The fraud became known as the “diesel dupe.”

The engine-altering software could spot speed, engine operations, air pressure, and even the steering wheel positions which were common in performance tests. Once these scenarios were identified, the vehicle's engine would lower its power to reveal a more environmentally friendly performance.

By reacting to performance tests, the cars were able to pass emissions tests.

Without the altered performance, the vehicles emitted up to 40 times more than the amount of nitrogen oxide pollutants the United States allows.

The German automobile company later admitted to wrong doing.

Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Golf, and Passat with diesel engines were all affected. The Audi A3, which Volkswagen manufactures, was also involved. The EPA accused the company of modifying software in 3 litre Porsche and Audi models, but Volkswagen has denied that those 10,000 vehicles were altered.

Millions of Volkswagen cars were recalled worldwide.

This massive recall has cost Volkswagen their first loss in a quarter in over 15 years. The company still faces a fine of up to $37,500 per vehicle from the EPA, which could total $18 billion.

Volkswagen's stock has dropped by a third since the scandal broke.

Before the scandal broke, the German automotive maker had a marketing campaign celebrating the low emissions of their diesel engines.

Diesel sales only account for about 1% of the American market and are unlikely to rise now. In Europe, diesel sales account for a larger portion of the market, but their emissions standards are lower.

If you had a vehicle affected by this scandal in the Los Angeles area, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the law office of Howard D. Silver at (855) 341-2611 to schedule a consultation.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016
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VW Recalling Up To 11 Million Vehicles for Falsified Emissions

Volkswagen has been found guilty of putting software in as many as 11 million of their diesel vehicles that would help them to cheat emission tests. The software, also known as defeat devices, helped the diesel vehicles to appear more clean than they really are. It was found that these vehicles were actually putting out 40 times more than the allowed level of pollution.

Volkswagen is being required to recall at least 500,000 diesel vehicles and fix the emissions problem so that the vehicles are actually as clean as they claim to be. Additionally, VW has announced that they will retrofit as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide. VW has suspended sales of their diesel models and may put out upwards of $6.5 billion in order to retrofit all of the recalled vehicles.

Consumer Fraud Lawsuits Based Upon Volkswagen Recall

If you are an owner of a diesel Volkswagen that is part of the recall, you may have recourse to file a lawsuit for compensation. Our Los Angeles consumer fraud attorney, Howard D. Silver, can help you determine if you have grounds to file a suit.

Volkswagen has always been touted as one of the leaders in their engineering abilities and is now facing a huge change in its brand power. This may send ripples onto consumers as they attempt to sell their Volkswagen vehicles in the future. Our attorney can help you determine how much resale value your car may have lost due to this giant recall.

If you own a diesel Volkswagen, contact our San Bernardino auto dealer attorney today to determine how much you may be able to compensated. Call us at (855) 341-2611.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Curious If Your Vehicle Can be Bought by Chrysler Fiat

In a recent, huge move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chrysler Fiat is finding themselves in a position that will cost them hundreds of millions. NHTSA is requiring that Chrysler Fiat buy back as many as half a million Ram pickups and also pay compensation for repairs to over a million Jeeps.

You can read more about the recall here, but below we show what the recalls are for and if your car may be on the list.

The Dodge Ram recall is due to a faulty steering part that may cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, causing accidents and even wrongful death. The Jeeps are being recalled due to a fuel tank that is located in the back of the vehicle, behind the rear axle. If these Jeeps get hit from behind, it is possible for the fuel tank to rupture. The spilled gasoline could ignite and cause a fire that can also cause injury and death. All of the Jeeps involved in this recall are referred to as "older," so it is imperative that you get your vehicle checked by a licensed mechanic or dealer as soon as possible.

Due to these malfunctions, the NHTSA is requiring the following vehicles to be bought back:

  • Some Ram 1500 models made between 2009-2012
  • 2008 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4
  • 2008-2012 Ram 2500 4x4
  • 2008-2012 Ram 3500 4x4
  • 2008-2012  Ram 4500 4x4
  • 2008-2012  Ram 5500 4x4
  • 2009 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2009 Dodge Durango
  • 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota

What To Do If Your Vehicle May Be On The List

If you own one of the above-listed vehicles, your vehicle is liable to be bought-back by Chrysler Fiat. The best thing to do in this situation is to contact our Los Angeles lemon law attorney, Howard D. Silver. Mr. Silver has been representing members of our community for decades, helping them to get compensation for a vehicle that is a lemon. A lemon is a vehicle that doesn't function properly when you purchase it and can't be repaired. However, there are many rules that surround this law, so it is imperative to get help from an experienced attorney. For help with your lemon law case, please contact us today by calling (855) 341-2611.

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Monday, August 3, 2015
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Fiat Chrysler May Have to Buy Back Over 500,000 Vehicles That May Be Lemons

In a very large move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fiat Chrysler is being forced to make an offer to buy back over 500,000 Ram trucks along with many other vehicles. Since the large GM recall, the NHTSA has made it clear that they would be taking recalls and poorly-made vehicles much more seriously and this sanction is proving that they were being accurate in that statement.

The Ram pickups have malfunctioning steering parts that may lead to drivers losing control. Due to the fact that repairs seemed to not be fixing the steering part issue, the NHTSA is forcing Ram to offer to buy back the defective vehicles. In addition to the Rams, over a million Jeeps have a defect that can cause a fire to occur if they've involved in a rear-end collision. The NHTSA has said that Chrysler Fiat must allow the owners of these Jeeps to either trade them in or have Chrysler Fiat pay for their repairs.

In addition to allowing trade-ins or repairs to the Jeeps and buying back the Rams, Chrysler Fiat is being forced to pay a $105 million civil fine.

Help with your Lemon Law Lawsuit

When a vehicle doesn't operate properly upon purchase and repairs aren't working, this may be considered a lemon. At The Law Office of Howard D. Silver, we have helped countless numbers of Los Angeles and San Bernardino members seek legal action against car manufacturers or dealer that were responsible for making or selling a lemon. If you are interested in discussing getting legal help with your lemon law case, please contact us today by calling (855) 341-2611.

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Friday, July 31, 2015
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Fiat Chrysler May Have to Buy Back Over 500,000 Vehicles That May Be Lemons

In a very large move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fiat Chrysler is being forced to make an offer to buy back over 500,000 Ram trucks along with many other vehicles. Since the large GM recall, the NHTSA has made it clear that they would be taking recalls and poorly-made vehicles much more seriously and this sanction is proving that they were being accurate in that statement.

The Ram pickups have malfunctioning steering parts that may lead to drivers losing control. Due to the fact that repairs seemed to not be fixing the steering part issue, the NHTSA is forcing Ram to offer to buy back the defective vehicles. In addition to the Rams, over a million Jeeps have a defect that can cause a fire to occur if they've involved in a rear-end collision. The NHTSA has said that Chrysler Fiat must allow the owners of these Jeeps to either trade them in or have Chrysler Fiat pay for their repairs.

In addition to allowing trade-ins or repairs to the Jeeps and buying back the Rams, Chrysler Fiat is being forced to pay a $105 million civil fine.

Help with your Lemon Law Lawsuit

When a vehicle doesn't operate properly upon purchase and repairs aren't working, this may be considered a lemon. At The Law Office of Howard D. Silver, we have helped countless numbers of Los Angeles and San Bernardino members seek legal action against car manufacturers or dealer that were responsible for making or selling a lemon. If you are interested in discussing getting legal help with your lemon law case, please contact us today by calling (855) 341-2611.

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Friday, July 31, 2015
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GM Disputes Report Linking Ignition Switch Defects to 74 Fatalities

General Motors disputes the validity of the fatality figures included in a Reuters analysis released earlier this week. The Reuters report indicated that at least 74 deaths have been associated with GM vehicles containing a defective ignition switch. However, the auto manufacturer claims the initial figure of 13 fatalities they reported is more accurate.

The death total in the Reuters analysis was calculated using a government data base called the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which compiles accident reports from numerous law enforcement agencies across the country. In response, GM claims that their accident investigations rely on more detailed data.

Both GM and Reuters evaluated car accidents involving drivers or front seat passengers who died in head-on collisions where the GM vehicle’s airbag failed to deploy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not released a statement regarding the accuracy of the new Reuters analysis; however, the agency had previously estimated that the final death toll associated with these defective GM vehicles would most likely be greater than the 13 initially reported by the auto manufacturer.

Over the past few months, GM has recalled more than 2.4 million vehicles due to a defective ignition switch which would shut off while the vehicle was on the road. This issue led to serious safety problems such as disabling power steering, airbags, and anti-lock brakes.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and have purchased one of these defective GM vehicles, you may have certain rights under the California Lemon Law. Howard D. Silver is a lemon law attorney with more than 25 years of experience handling these complex claims, and he can ensure your rights are protected every step of the way.

Please contact the Law Office of Howard D. Silver today to schedule your free lemon law consultation. Mr. Silver serves clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernadino Counties, and throughout California.

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Friday, May 30, 2014
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Ford Hit with $17.35 Million Fine for Year-Long Recall Delay

As reported by The Los Angeles Times, Ford Motor Company has recently been fined 17.35 million dollars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to safety regulators, the fine was levied for the company taking too long to recall vehicles.

California Auto Product Liability


Reports indicate that in July 2012, 423,634 model year 2001 through 2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute vehicles with V-6 engines, were being recalled for sticking gas pedals. Unfortunately for Ford, however, it allegedly knew about the defect since May 2011 but waited more than one year to begin the recall.

The NHTSA deemed the time lag between May 2011 and July 2012 in violation of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Regardless, Ford has remarked that they have confidence in their defect and recall identification processes and paid the fine to avoid a lengthy court battle with the U.S. government.

The NHTSA reports that sticking gas pedals were linked to nine injuries and one fatality in various crashes.

Get in touch with Ventura consumer rights attorney Howard D. Silver to not only learn more about your legal options, but to receive the help that comes from years of success representing California consumers. Call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver at (818) 597-2610 today for more information.

Electronic Stability Control Issues Lead to Ram Truck Recall Totaling 46,000 Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recalling 45,961 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 trucks with electronic stability control (ESC) issues caused by a software problem. According to The Los Angeles Times, an error in the software can disable the ESC, causing decreased vehicle control and a higher likelihood of an accident. According to Chrysler, only four-wheel-drive models are affected by the problem. While the light displaying “ESC Off” may appear, manually turning it back on may not reactivate the system. Fortunately, not only was the problem discovered by Chrysler dealers, no related accidents have been reported by consumers. Additionally, 21,000 vehicles in Canada and 1,400 in Mexico are being recalled for the defect.

When the recall begins in August 2013, owners will be able to take their trucks to dealers, who will update the ESC module software without charge. More information about the recall, which is under Chrysler campaign number N37, can be found by calling the auto manufacturer at (800) 247-9753. Call consumer rights attorney Howard D. Silver at (818) 597-2610 to learn more about your rights as an owner of a defective vehicle under California’s lemon law. For more information about the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver, go to our LinkedIn page. Through the representation of attorney Silver, you can get the compensation you deserve for your lemon vehicle.

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Defective Passenger Recognition in Airbags Leads to 5,200 Recalled Hyundai Vehicles

As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on account of an airbag related problem, Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 5,200 2012-2013 Azera vehicles manufactured between May 22, 2012 and November 23, 2012.

Due to the defect, the occupant detection system for the airbags may be unable to tell if the person in the front passenger seat is an adult or child. As a result,, it could deploy with too much force for a child, or not enough force for an adult. In either case, the person meant to be protected by the airbag may be injured.

As part of the recall, Hyundai will be recalibrating airbag systems without charge to ensure proper inflation. Although the automaker has not set a date yet for work to begin, more information can be found by contacting Hyundai at (734) 337-9499 and inquiring about the recall designated as “Campaign 11.”

Whether it’s a defective airbag or another type of nonconformity, a vehicle that is subjected to repeated unsuccessful repair attempts or an excessive number of days at a repair shop may be a lemon. If you believe your vehicle is a lemon, call California lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver at (818) 597-2610 to find out how to get your money back or a new car.

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Chrysler Changes Mind, Issues Recall for Defective Jeeps

After an initial refusal, Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 1.56 million cars to correct a problem that can lead to vehicle fires. In fact, as previously reported, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contends 2.7 million Chrysler vehicles have a defect that can lead to gas tank explosions.
While Chrysler has agreed to recall some vehicles, it still contends that the automobiles in question are not defective. In fact, in letters sent to NHTSA, although the automaker said it would make the repair by installing trailer hitches on 1993 to 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Jeep Libertys, it still believes that trailer hitches would not reduce the risk of a high energy rear-end collision.
Chrysler has decided not to recall 1999 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees despite allegations from NHTSA that they are defective.
According to NHTSA, Jeeps with fuel tanks mounted behind the rear axle, have a higher likelihood than other vehicles of catching fire after a rear-end collision.
Chrysler will begin the trailer-hitch installation process on recalled vehicles free of charge in July 2013. The company can be contacted at (800) 247-9753. NHTSA’s Jeep investigation is ongoing.
Contact the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver at (866) 49-LEMON to learn more about your rights if you own a lemon vehicle. If your car is still broken after multiple repairs or has been at the manufacturer’s authorized dealership an excessive number of days, you may be entitled to your money back or a new vehicle.
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