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Defective Automobile

            The plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit allege that certain Ford vehicles suffer from a defect that causes tailgates to crack.  The suit seeks to represent all current and former owners and leases of Ford Explorers or Mercury Mountaineers from 2002-2005 and Lincoln Aviators from 2003-2005. 

            The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Mercedes Benz has defective diesel engines that have an illegal “defeat device” that allows for more dirty emission during driving than during emissions testing.  These BlueTEC diesel engines are facing the same issues as Volkswagen, Audi, and many other diesel engine producers have had in the recent past and displays another reason why diesel engines may not be a legitimate substitute for gasoline.

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Kia Motors has manufactured and sold vehicles with defective gas tanks located beneath the rear seats that are dangerous and potentially deadly.  The gas tanks have the potential to explode and immediately engulf rear occupants in flames, which in one incident in Texas led to the deaths of three passengers.

The plaintiffs in this case allege that many car manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, and others, produced and sold a defective keyless ignition system that fails to automatically turn off the vehicle after a certain amount of time in which the key is not present.  This defect has had lethal consequences because individuals have exited the vehicle after parking it in their garage without realizing that it was still running.

            The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Hyundai produced and sold a defective side airbag system (SAS) in their Tiburon model from 2003 to 2008.  Hyundai placed the Tiburon side impact sensor in the incorrect location on the crossmember, a remote location where it is unable to recognize many types of real world crashes in which an air bag would prevent death or serious injury.  Hyundai was aware of both the danger presented by the crossmember location and the superiority of the B pillar location.

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Hyundai and Kia sold automobiles that were marketed to have a higher fuel economy than they actually can achieve and that the EPA ratings were incorrect.  They further allege that Hyundai and Kia adopted, promulgated, represented, and benefited from the inaccurate fuel efficiency numbers.

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that more than 12 million General Motors vehicles contain defective ignition switches that can lead to the vehicles stalling.  More specifically, the ignition switch is located very close to the drivers’ knees and can inadvertently move from “run” to “accessory” or “off” at any time during normal and proper operation of the vehicle.  This lawsuit covers failures that have taken place in vehicles from before and after Old GM was bailed out.  New GM has promised that its new vehicles will be safer, more efficient, and culturally important.

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Ford marketed and sold an “infotainment” system called MyFord Touch with features such as SYNC that are defective.  Ford failed to fix the defect at the expense of consumers who are left with a sporadic and dangerous computer system that controls navigation, music, and phone systems.

            The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Fiat Chrysler committed negligence, gross negligence, and breach of implied warranty of merchantability by manufacturing and selling multiple vehicles with a defective shifter that has no tactile or position feedback that indicates to the operator that the vehicle is in park.  The electronic gear shifter that was incorporated in Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge vehicles has caused over 300 accidents due to operators not knowing whether or not the vehicle was in park and poses a risk to thousands more.

This lawsuit claims that General Motor’s Chevy Cruze with the diesel engine emits far more pollution on the road than in lab tests and that these vehicles exceed federal and state emissions standards.  Real world testing has revealed that these vehicles emit dangerous oxides of nitrogen (NOx) at levels many times higher than their gasoline counterparts and what a reasonable consumer would expect.  This is in violation of the EPA’s standards and comes in the wake of the ongoing Volkswagen and Audi TDI scandal.

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