Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel Is Not So Clean

I have been a practicing California Lemon Law attorney for over 25 years and have seen a lot of automobile manufacturer scandals over the years. The latest scandal involves Volkswagen.  Volkswagen is alleged to have programmed the emissions control systems in its TDI “clean” diesel engines so that the emissions controls would only work when the… Continue Reading

Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalls

It has come to my attention that several safety recalls related to the Jeep Grand Cherokee are unable to be performed by FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler LLC) due to a lack of replacement parts.  These recalls include, but are not limited to – air bag/safety restraint system components; brake/brake booster components.  One of these… Continue Reading

When Courts Step Out of Bounds

As most of us remember from civics class (I really don’t remember anything from civics class or most other high school classes), the US Constitution divides our government into three branches – legislative, executive, judicial. In theory, the legislative branch makes laws. The executive branch approves laws and executes the laws.  While the judicial branch… Continue Reading

Court Rules the California Lemon Law Does Not Apply to Private Party Auto Sales

A California Court of Appeal has ruled the California Lemon Law (Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) does not apply to private party auto sales.  In Dagher v. Ford Motor Company (2015) 238 Cal.App.4th 905, the court held a California consumer who purchased a used Ford truck, still covered by the Ford warranty at the time of… Continue Reading

GM Substantially Reduces Towing Capacity in 2014 Chevrolet and GMC Pickup Trucks

Recently, General Motors began notifying owners of certain Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks that the represented trailer weight towing capacity was substantially less than represented when the vehicles were purchased new.  Specifically, GM reduced the trailer weight towing capacity in these pickup trucks from 8,800 pounds to 6,800 pounds.  So what did GM do for customers that owned these… Continue Reading

The Way Customer Service Should Work

For businesses that provide products and/or services to consumers, customer service is absolutely the most important aspect of developing and maintaining business success.   Many of the cases I have dealt with over the years as a California Lemon Law attorney got to my office because of very poor customer service by either the manufacturers… Continue Reading

Interesting Lemon Law Appellate Opinions (At Least to a Lemon Law Attorney)

The California Lemon Law is a very poorly drafted statute. Over the years, it has been amended several times which has lead to inconsistencies and contradictions within the text of the law.  When a trial court rules on an unclear area of the law, the loser of the decision may file an appeal.  The appellate court then rules… Continue Reading

Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta Transmission Problems

The transmissions in the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta model vehicles are defective. These transmissions contain a dual clutch system which exhibits various problems for owners of these vehicle. For example, these transmissions shutter, slip, appear to hunt for gears, fail to engage, fail to allow the vehicle to accelerate. Ford Motor Company is aware of… Continue Reading

HONDA LOSES HYBRID SMALL CLAIMS CASE

Recently, I wrote an article questioning whether automobile class action lawsuits are good for the consumer. The article related to a proposed class action settlement concerning Honda Hybrid vehicles. In a nutshell, I argued that class action lawsuit settlements related to vehicles in which class members give up substantial potential damage claims for minimal damages… Continue Reading