If your vehicle has a recall, it may be because of a very serious problem or defect. Some defects can be 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 who have purchased a vehicle that is a lemon. This might mean that you attempted to have a vehicle fixed multiple times without success. When this occurs, we may be able to get your money back or a new car. Additionally, if you or a family member were injured in your vehicle, we can seek additional compensation. Please contact Howard Silver today by calling our California office in Oak Park at 818-597-2610.
Find out more about vehicle recalls:
- General Motors (GM) Recalls
- Current Ford Recalls
- Nissan Transmission Lemons
- Volkswagen Emissions Scandal and Recalls
- Takata Air Bag Recall
- How to Handle a Lemon Case
- Contact the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver
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 also included defective ignition switches that were proved to have caused hundreds of severe injuries and over 50 deaths.
Nearly every type of vehicle GM produced was recalled. For a full and up to date list of recalls, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall page.
While this list includes most of the vehicles included in the GM recall, there may still be active recalls on your vehicle. For that reason, you are encouraged to visit the NHTSA website and enter the VIN number from your car to be certain that it doesn’t require a repair.
Chart Showing GM Recalls for Vehicles Made Between 2003 and 2015:
There have been several recalls by Ford in the last several 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 defect, 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
California Ford dealers have issued several letters offering to "buy back" certain vehicles from the following model years:
- 2011-2014 Ford Fiesta
- 2012-2014 Ford Focus
Though initially advertised as having automatic transmissions, in reality these vehicles have manual transmissions. These vehicles qualify as lemons under California law, so speak to an attorney before accepting an auto dealer's buy-back offer.
A series of Nissan vehicles qualify as lemons under California law because of a transmission system defect. Nissan has been unable to fix the issue through software updates and other replacements
Affected were made between 2012-2015 and include the following models:
- Versa Note
Volkswagen had to admit that it 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 cars.
In order to resolve the emissions testing software problem, Volkswagen has put aside nearly $15 billion for just the U.S claims. Also, VW is 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 of compensation for your vehicle.
- 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
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.
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.
If your vehicle is under a serious recall or qualifies 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 authorized dealers for warranty repairs, keep track of dates, costs, and paperwork, and then contact our lawyer for help.
Howard Silver will review your case for free and make sure you get the compensation you need and deserve. Contact our firm today by calling 818-597-2610. Mr. Silver is proud to serve clients in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties, and throughout California. Call now!
Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, NY Times, LA Times, CNN