If your vehicle is under a recall, it may be because of a very serious problem or defect. Some of these defects can be due to severe issues that are safety hazards. In some cases, recalls are because of defects that have led to horrible injuries and even death.
At The Law Offices of Howard D. Silver, we are experts in getting financial compensation for those that have purchased a vehicle that is classified as a lemon. This might mean that you attempted to have a vehicle fixed multiples times, but it wasn’t able to be fixed because of an inherent defect. When this occurs, we may be able to get you full financial compensation for your vehicle and all of the repairs attempted. Additionally, if you or a family member were injured in your vehicle, we can seek even further compensation. Please contact Howard Silver today by calling our California office in Oak Park at (855) 341-2611.
Find out more about vehicle recalls:
- General Motors (GM) Recalls
- 2014 GM Recalls that May Have Affected You
- Current Ford Recalls
- Ford Lemon Buyback
- Nissan Transmission Lemons
- Volkswagen Emissions Scandal and Recalls
- Price of Volkswagen Recall
- Volkswagen Vehicles Affected by Emissions Recall
- Takata Air Bag Recall
- How to Handle a Lemon Case
General Motors Recalls
In 2015, the largest recall in American history occurred when General Motors (GM) recalled over 30 million vehicles. Many of these recalls were for simple and technical fixes, but they spanned the gamut all the way to horrible defects with ignition switches that were proved to have caused hundreds of severe injuries and over 50 deaths.
In the GM recall, nearly every type of vehicle they produce was recalled. For a full and up to date list of recalls, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall page.
2014 GM Recalls that May Have Affected You
While this list includes most of the vehicles included in the GM recall, there may still be active recalls on your vehicle and you are encouraged to visit the NHTSA website and enter the VIN number from your car to be certain that your vehicle doesn’t require a repair.
Chart Showing GM Recalls for Vehicles Made Between 2003 and 2015:
Current Ford Recalls:
There have been several recalls made by Ford in the last couple of years. A very large and recent one has expanded to nearly 2.4 million vehicles as of September, 2016. These recalls are for faulty door-latches that either caused the doors to stay closed or to pop open without warning. There have only been a handful of crashes and injuries caused by this recall, but Ford isn’t taking any chances by sending out the massive $640 million recall.
You can find a more comprehensive resource for these recalls by going to Ford’s website.
Here are some of the major Ford recalls:
- Door latch – 2013-2015 Ford C-Max, 2012-2015 Ford Focus, 2013-2015 Ford Escape, 2015 Lincoln MKC, 2015 Ford Mustang, 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect
- Fuel system – 2013-2015 Taurus and 2013-2014 Flex
Ford Lemon Buyback
For the 2011-2014 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2014 Ford Focus, there have been several letters from California Ford dealers asking to “buy back” these vehicles. This is because it has been discovered that these vehicles claim to have an automatic transmission, when in reality, they have manual transmissions. These vehicles qualify as lemons under California lemon law, so don’t accept a Ford dealer buy-back, but contact our attorney so we can help you seek legal retribution.
Nissan Transmission Lemons
There are many Nissan vehicles that qualify as lemons because of a similar transmission system that can’t be repaired though Nissan has attempted to fix them through software updates and other replacements. These vehicles were made between 2012 and 2015 and include the following:
- Versa Note
Volkswagen Emissions Scandal and Recalls
Volkswagen had to admit that they designed over 11 million of its vehicles to “beat” emission testing software. The vehicles were fitted with software that would sense the vehicle was being tested and change some of its equipment so the emissions were decreased. However, as long as the vehicles weren’t being tested, the software was off, leaving the vehicles to emit far more than the legal limit. Tests performed by the California Air Resources Board proved that the models were putting out nearly 40 times the allotted limit of emissions.
Volkswagen has admitted that the cars were purposefully fitted with emission-testing software and have issued a recall for almost 600,000 vehicles in the United States. Eventually, Volkswagen will have to recall all of the international vehicles involved in this recall, which includes 11 million total vehicles.
Price of Volkswagen Recall
In order to remedy all of these vehicles, Volkswagen has put aside nearly $15 billion for just the U.S claims. Also, they are being forced to buy back or fix any affected vehicles by December of 2018. Our attorney can help you determine if you should allow your vehicle to be repaired or be bought-back. We can also ensure that you receive the right amount for your vehicle, figuring in the cost of the lost brand value that Volkswagen has experienced.
Volkswagen Vehicles Affected by Emissions Recall
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta
- 2012-2015 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Convertible
- 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat
- 2010-2015 Audi A3
- 2009-2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
- 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf
- 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
- 2009-2016 Volkswagen Touareg
- 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quattro
- 2014-2016 Audi A7 Quattro
- 2014-2016 Audi A8 and A8L
- 2014-2016 Audi Q5
- 2009-2016 Audi Q7
- 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne
Takata Air Bag Recall
There have been 69 million vehicles found to have faulty and defective Takata airbags that can explode without warning, especially in places with high levels of humidity. These airbags have caused over 100 injuries and at least 10 deaths. When these airbags rupture unexpectedly, they can send shrapnel flying toward an unsuspecting victim. The shrapnel can impale the driver or passengers and cause horrible bleeding and death.
Seek a Loan Vehicle
If you drive a vehicle with a recalled Takata airbag, you are within your rights to ask your dealer for a loaner vehicle that is safe for you and your family. Contact our attorney so he can help you determine exactly what legal rights you have and how to seek compensation, a buy-back, or a dealer-provided loaner vehicle.
How to Handle a Lemon Case
If your vehicle is under a serious recall or is valid for a buy-back, you need to take the proper steps to seek compensation. Our attorney suggests that you meticulously document everything about your case. Make sure you always take your vehicle to licensed and approved mechanics, keep track of dates, costs, and paperwork, and then contact our lawyer for help.
Contact Howard D. Silver, Consumer Rights Attorney
Howard Silver will review your case for free and ensure that you get the compensation you need and deserve. Contact our firm today by calling (855) 341-2611. Mr. Silver is proud to serve clients in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, and the surrounding California areas. Call now!
Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, NY Times, LA Times, CNN