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Defective Automobile

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

A settlement has been reached in a class action alleging that certain Volkswagen and Audi vehicles had defective timing chains or timing chain tensioners. The complaint claimed that these parts can fail, requiring repair or replacement, and at times even cause problems with the engine, requiring repair or replacement of that as well. 

Silver 2014 Audi Q7 with Mountains in Background

Are brakes defective because they make a squealing noise when applied? If the brakes are installed as a replacement in a luxury vehicle, does that make a difference? The complaint for this class action claims that Audi installed replacement brakes in Audi Q7 vehicles that squeal when applied, and that that is not appropriate for a luxury SUV. 

Mercedes SL in Mars Red

Plainitff Emily Pinon bought a Mars Red 2015 Mercedes C250 in November 2016 which had fewer than 10,000 miles on it. But the complaint for this class action says that by early 2018, the paint had deteriorated so badly in at least one spot that it looked like the clear coat was bubbling and peeling. 

Tesla Model X

Tesla is putting up more than $5 million to settle a lawsuit claiming, among other things, that it had promised customers enhanced autopilot features, but then did not release the capabilities on schedule. 

BMW 7 Series Car

BMW of North America, LLC and Bayerische Motoren  Werke AG is settling a class action suit by offering a variety of benefits to owners of certain of their vehicles. The complaint alleged that certain model year 2009 to 2014 BMW 5 series, 6 series, 7 series, X5, and X6 vehicles that are equipped with an N63 engine consumer excessive amounts of oil.

PACCAR Peterbilt Truck

The complaint for this class action claims that PACCAR engines are inherently defective and repeatedly fail, causing danger to the drivers of its trucks and to other motorists on the road. According to the complaint, the only remedy PACCAR has for its engine problems is the replacement of defective parts with equally defective parts that are destined to fail in their turn. The complaint alleges breaches of warranties, among other things. 

Honda Vehicle with Illustration of Sensing System

The new features of Honda Sensing, a system installed in certain 2017 Honda CR-V models, would seem to make the cars safer. However, the complaint for this class action claims that the system malfunctions and therefore makes them more dangerous. The complaint claims that Honda has no fix for the problems and alleges breaches of warranty and violations of California state laws.

2008 Nissan Quest

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that the timing chain systems of the following Nissan vehicles have defects:

2017 Hyundai Sonata

Plaintiff Andrea Smolek says she was driving on the highway when she heard loud sounds from the engine area of her Kia Sorrento. Then came a loud bang, she claims, her vehicle shook violently, and the Check Engine light came on. Smolek was able to safely pull over and have her vehicle towed for repair, but the complaint for this class action claims that the problem was due to a defect in the car’s Theta II engine that allows contaminants to enter, thickens the oil to sludge, and eventually ruins the engine.

2017 Chevrolet Equinox

If your car engine is consuming oil faster than it should, how would you know when more oil is needed? Perhaps you would rely on the vehicle’s oil pressure warning (OPW) or oil life monitoring (OLM) system. But if you had a Chevrolet Equinox from certain model years, the complaint for this class action alleges, your engine could suffer damage or even shut down on the road before either of these systems gave you a warning. The complaint alleges breaches of warranties, among other violations.

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