The recent spate of Toyota safety recalls has gripped the nation over the last several months, and jeopardized Toyota’s industry reputation. Vehicle safety is vigorously policed by organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and strict requirements are placed on car manufacturers to announce any product defects resulting in safety hazards to consumers. However, defects that affect only product quality, and don’t pose any significant safety risks, often fly under the radar. Car companies will typically issue a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) when a problem is recurrent for a particular model. These bulletins notify technicians to look out for these problems. A TSB-affected repair will often be free under warranty. Although TSBs rarely escalate to full-blown safety recalls, consumers may question the quality of a vehicle with multiple reported TSBs. NHTSA keeps records of all TSBs. So far this year, AutomoBlog.net reports that the Kia Forte has registered the most bulletins, with 15 as of June 11th. The GMC Terrain and the Mercedes S-Class followed with 14 and 13 registered TSB’s, respectively. A high number of registered TSB’s does not necessarily indicate a poor-quality car. Often these models represent new territory for a manufacturer, and will improve as the company learns from its mistakes. For example, the Kia Forte was Kia’s first attempt to market directly to younger buyers with a more modern design aesthetic. If your recently purchased car seems to require an abnormally high number of repairs, the issues may be caused by a defect registered with a TSB and should be covered by the manufacturer. If you think you are entitled to money for past repairs, call the California lemon law lawyers at Howard D. Silver for a free consultation about your case: (855) 341-2611.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015