FORD CLASS ACTION UPDATE: FORD FOCUS AND FIESTA POWERSHIFT TRANSMISSION SETTLEMENT

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We at The CaliforiaLemonLawExpert.com  are assisting consumers who purchased or leased a 2011 through 2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012 through 2016 Ford Focus equipped with Ford’s Dual Clutch or “PowerShift” Transmission.

The lawsuit, entitled Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Company (Case No. CV12-08388 AB (FFMx)), has been resolved by a proposed settlement that has achieved preliminary approval by the United States District Court for the Central District of California (“the Settlement”).

If you are a current or former owner/lessee of a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or a 2012-2016 Ford Focus with a PowerShift Transmission (the “Class Vehicles”), you may be entitled to obtain benefits provided by the Settlement and the Orders of the Court.

What are your rights?
You may be entitled to receive money or other benefits that the Settlement provides. If you did not opt out of the Class, you are bound by the settlement results and can no longer sue Ford directly for the same legal claims alleged in the lawsuit.

What benefits does the Settlement provide?

  • If your Class Vehicle’s transmission is malfunctioning, you may be entitled to a repair or a repurchase of your vehicle, through an expedited binding arbitration program.
  • If an authorized Ford dealer performed three or more transmission Software Flashes on your vehicle while you owned or leased it, you may be entitled to up to $600 in cash payments.
  • If an authorized Ford dealer replaced three or more qualifying hardware parts in your PowerShift Transmission while you owned or leased the vehicle, you may be entitled to up to $2,325 in cash payments or up to $4,650 in Vehicle Discount Certificates.
  • If you paid for a repair to you PowerShift Transmission that you think should have been covered by warranty, you may be entitled to reimbursement.
  • If your vehicle was manufactured after June 5, 2013, and two or more clutch replacements were performed on your vehicle under warranty and you had to pay for a clutch replacement after warranty, you may be entitled to reimbursement.

How can we help?
Patrea Bullock and the CaliforniaLemonLawExpert.com can and will submit your claim.  We will advocate for you and work with you and Ford to make sure that you receive all compensation to which you are entitled.

What is the cost to you?
There is zero cost for you to have the CaliforniaLemonLawExpert.com  advocating for your rights ; the manufacturer is responsible for the fees.  Therefore, there’s no reason to hesitate in obtaining our help to ensure you receive your entitlement.

For more information about the case and the Settlement, please contact us at (916) 672-8443 and we will be happy to discuss your situation.

Chevrolet Cruze : Cruise Worthy ?

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This week, we round up what has turned out to be a fairly substantial number of complaints from owners of the Chevrolet Cruze.   If you are in the market for a compact sedan, you will no doubt come across this vehicle in your research.  The Chevrolet Cruze is marketed as a compact car for commuters,  boasting good fuel efficiency with its 1.4 / 1.6L engines, roomy interior, and comfortable ride.  It carries a relatively low asking price and therefore scores as a good seller in this particular class.  At a price point of $20k or less depending on features and dealer incentives, it’s no wonder this is a worthy contender in the compact class.

Recently, a number of folks are noticing ‘check engine’ lights coming on after only a few short miles driven.  Other complaints including rattles, water leaks from rain, loss of power / sluggish acceleration, and improper mixtures of fuel due to leaking into the oil pan (!) are just a few of the nightmarish incidents being reported.  Also, a common complaint is the huge blind spot that apparently exists, causing the driver unnecessary worry that a car in the adjacent lane is virtually invisible.  And in most of these cases, dealerships are a nightmare to deal with, according to those owners who are dealing with the problems.

If you own a Chevrolet Cruze and are experiencing problems while under warranty that the dealership cannot or will not fix, we are here to help you.  Contact the California Lemon Law Expert today for a free, no-cost assessment of your case.  Call us at 916-672-8443 and speak directly with a friendly, caring and knowledgeable attorney who will advise you on your case.  You will be glad you did !

Please remember :  if you have a vehicle AND it is under the manufacturer’s warranty, you are entitled to fair treatment and getting the problem fixed in a timely manner.  In many cases, the manufacturer will repurchase your vehicle, and may even have to pay civil penalties and or reimbursement of your expenses. It helps to understand your rights as a consumer, and the California Lemon Law expert is here to help you or someone you may know who is in this situation.  If your vehicle is not functioning properly and is under warranty, you have rights under the law that you need to thoroughly understand.

Our business is growing and our mission is simple : to educate you, fellow consumers, about the “Lemon Law”, and how it protects those who have found themselves stuck with that new car, truck, RV, motorcycle, etc, that just isn’t performing up to expectations.  Stay in the know, visit this site often and let us know if we can be of assistance. The initial consultation is free, and if you’re having a problem, it is well worth a few minutes of your time to understand your rights and how you can get the help you need.

 

 

Update : Vargas vs. Ford Motor Co. Class Action Lawsuit and Settlement Reached

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Did you purchase or lease a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicle that was equipped with a “PowerShift” Transmission ?  If so, you may be affected by a nationwide settlement that has been reached in litigation concerning problems with the PowerShift Transmission.

These problems include claims that the vehicles contain a malfunctioning transmission that causes the cars to slip or jerk when the vehicle accelerates.   As a result of these problems, class members claim that they were forced to spend time and money to correct these problems. Some plaintiffs reportedly waited months for repairs to be completed.


After almost four years of contentious litigation, a proposed settlement agreement has been reached in the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus class-action lawsuit. In the proposed settlement submitted to federal court in California on March 24, 2017, Ford agreed to “substantial cash payouts” among other concessions to the 1.5 million owners of 2011-2016 Fiesta models and 2012-2016 Focus models.

The proposed settlement, which was filed unopposed, includes a variety of remedies including cash payments for plaintiffs whose vehicles were taken in for repairs three times. Each repair visit beyond the third will receive additional payment.  Ford is alternatively offering the option to receive a discount on the purchase of a new Ford vehicle (for those customers who actually want another Ford product). Software issues will likewise be compensated by a cash payment after the third repair visit.  Ford is also providing a private arbitration program whereby class members can opt to have the company repurchase or replace defective vehicles. Eligible vehicles will include any vehicle that has endured multiple failed repair attempts to the transmission within the first five years or 60,000 miles. 

Please remember :  if you have a vehicle AND it is under the manufacturer’s warranty, you are entitled to fair treatment and getting the problem fixed in a timely manner.  In many cases, the manufacturer will repurchase your vehicle, and may even be required to pay civil penalties and or reimbursement of your expenses. It helps to understand your rights as a consumer, and the California Lemon Law Expert is here to help you or someone you may know who is in this situation.  If your vehicle is not functioning properly and is under warranty, you have rights under the law that you need to thoroughly understand.

Our business is growing and our mission is simple : to educate you, fellow consumers, about the “Lemon Law”, and how it protects those who have found themselves stuck with that new car, truck, RV, motorcycle, etc, that just isn’t performing up to expectations.  Stay in the know, visit this site often and let us know if we can be of assistance. The initial consultation is free, and if you’re having a problem, it is well worth a few minutes of your time to understand your rights and how you can get the help you need.  CALL us at 916-672-8443 today.  

Source :  https://www.carcomplaints.com

THE TRUE STORY OF “MY LEMON”

Welcome back to our Blog ! In our last blog, we discussed some of the top technology trends in the automotive industry. This week, I’d like to share with you the true story of “my lemon”, a story of how one example of such technology ruined my vehicle ownership experience – and presented a real safety issue. Had I known back then what I know now about the Lemon Law and how it protects consumers, the experience would have been far less stressful and time consuming.

A couple of years ago, I purchased a 2014 Jeep Cherokee which was still under the manufacturer’s warranty. At the time, the vehicle had around 5,000 miles on it, so I technically bought it ‘used’, probably having been a dealer demonstrator. During the test drive, all seemed fine. I was enamored with the automatic (“adaptive”) cruise control, great sound system and the overall look of the car. Model year 2014 was the year that Chrysler had radically redesigned the Jeep Cherokee line, starting with the exterior design and following all the way through to the telematic system, power train and the infamous new 9 speed transmission. As we discussed in our last blog, rushing a product out the door without proper testing can and usually does lead to defects. This was no exception.

One afternoon, I had started my weekly return drive home after a long week on the road. I was 180 miles from home and ready for some downtime. After about 15 minutes on the freeway, several warning lights on the dashboard started to blink like a Christmas tree, most of which I hadn’t seen before. This was followed by a complete disengagement of the transmission! “Shift to Park” started blinking at 65 MPH! All of this occurred at freeway speed while in the far left lane. Pressing the accelerator resulted in zero power and nothing but an engine revving, yet the indicator shows “D” as if the transmission is in “drive”. This was a dangerous situation…..being in the middle of the freeway, everyone rushing past and suddenly you have no power. I had to coast over to the shoulder, shut off and restart the vehicle, and limit my speed to 50 mph. I finally made it home after what must have been three or four repeat episodes – pull over, re-boot, drive. What a nightmare!

After finally arriving home, the real fun began. Calling several dealerships in the local area, I was immediately greeted with statements such as “well, we are booked out 3 weeks, would you like to make an appointment?” and “ we are swamped with recalls, we are very busy at this time”. Oh, and I was planning on taking my family on a thanksgiving trip the following week. But then, the the real eye-opener: doing an internet search for the transmission issues on this vehicle revealed thousands of other owners experiencing the same problems with this new transmission. I read story after story of these individuals recounting everything from rough treatment at the dealer, to some who had even endured complete transmission replacement, and were still experiencing issues. I wondered how I’d ended up with such a lemon.

In the end, I traded the vehicle back to the same dealership from where it was purchased. All told, I’d owned the vehicle for about 8 months. The transmission problem was a real ‘ghost in the machine’, (it didn’t surface at first, nor could they reproduce the problem). It definitely cost me in time, frustration and worry. I was thrilled to rid myself of this lemon.

The bottom line: if you have a vehicle AND it is under the manufacturer’s warranty, you are entitled to fair treatment and getting the problem fixed in a timely manner. In many cases, the vehicle gets bought back by the manufacturer, and they may even have to pay civil penalties and/or reimbursement of your expenses. It helps to understand your rights as a consumer, and the California Lemon Law Expert is here to help you or someone you may know who is in this situation. If your vehicle is not functioning properly and is under warranty, you have rights under the law that you need to thoroughly understand.

Our business is growing and our mission is simple : to educate you, fellow consumers, about the “Lemon Law”, and how it protects those who have found themselves stuck with that new car, truck, RV, motorcycle, etc, that just isn’t performing up to expectations. Stay in the know, visit this site often and let us know if we can be of assistance. The initial consultation is free, and if you’re having a problem, it is well worth a few minutes of your time to understand your rights and how you can get the help you need.

LINK TO PATREA R. BULLOCK, ESQ. DISCUSSING THE CALIFORNIA LEMON LAW ON THE VOICE OF STOCKTON RADIO SHOW.

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BUYING A CAR

Buying a car – whether new or used – is one of the biggest purchases we make. It is important to take your time in deciding which car to buy and not be pressured by anyone who simply wants your money or your signature on a contract. Once you decide on the vehicle that best fits your needs and budget, shop around for the best price, know the vehicle’s history (if used), and be prepared to walk away from the deal if your questions are not being answered. Before you buy or lease a vehicle:

  • Know the value of the vehicle by checking vehicle pricing guides, newspaper ads, the Internet, or by comparison shopping. Popular publications include the National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA) GuidesEdmundsKelley Blue Book, and Consumer Reports. Some may charge for this information.
  • Always read and understand your purchase contract. Carefully review the vehicle’s price, fees, and finance charges. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand.
  • Make sure you understand the manufacturer’s warranty or any extended warranties offered by the dealer at extra cost. Because the cost of an extended warranty can be expensive, you should find out what it covers before you buy it.
  • When getting a loan, compare interest rates. You may pay more money when a dealer obtains a loan on your behalf than if you go directly to a bank or lender.
  • Protect yourself from fraud and unsafe used vehicles. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) provides important information about a used vehicle’s history. You can obtaina NMVTISreport at www.vehiclehistory.gov. Licensed dealers selling used cars must have

    a NMVTISreport to show you.

  • Understand the restrictions when buying an out of state vehicle: the car must be certified to meet California smog laws to be registered in California. See Buying an Out of State Vehicle on the California DMV website.
  • Find out if a vehicle has a safety recall notice and whether it has been repaired by checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Center for Auto Safety websites.

IS YOUR 2017 CHRYSLER PACIFICA MINIVAN STALLING? HAS IT BEEN REPAIRED REPEATEDLY SINCE YOU LEASED OR PURCHASED IT?

IF YOU DRIVE A 2017 CHRYSLER PACIFICA MINIVAN, THIS IS A MUST READ FOR YOU.

  • Fiat Chrysler consumers have reported these minivans stall at speeds of 40 to 60 miles per hour and while just sitting in idle. This causes the driver to experience a lack of power to accelerate, decelerate or use the power steering. For obvious reasons, these problems are inherently dangerous, and the Center for Auto Safety is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate and issue a recall.
  • While the NHTSA reviews the petition filed by more than 50 owners, current drivers and owners are left waiting. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ response is “We’re continuing to monitor our vehicles and collect data”. FCA is aware of thecomplaints,but is not aware of any injuries or accidents.
  • Engine stalling presents a serious safety issue, regardless of the vehicle. It is dangerous for the drivers, their passengers and other people on the road. In certain situations, stalling could result in death or serious bodily injury.
  • Patrea R. Bullock, Esq., The California Lemon Law Expert represents Chrysler owners whose vehicles have been repeatedly repaired for all kinds of defects. If you or someone you know has purchased or leased a Chrysler Pacifica minivan that has experienced the stallingdefect orhas been repeatedly repaired for other reasons, call me for a free consultation today. My experience consists of 23 years, 44 jury trials and representation of automobile manufacturers in lemon law claims. I can help!
  • Our business is growing and our mission is simple : to educate you, fellow consumers, about the “Lemon Law”, and how it protects those who have found themselves stuck with that new or used (still under warranty) car, truck, RV, motorcycle, etc, that just isn’t performing up to expectations. Stay in the know, visit this site often and let us know if we can be of assistance. The initial consultation is free, and if you’re having a problem, it is well worth a few minutes of your time to understand your rights and how you can get the help you need.