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Defective Automobile

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.

This lawsuit alleges that the Range Extenders in BMW i3 electric vehicles are defective and that when they are engaged, the vehicle slows down to extraordinarily low speeds.  Range extenders are small gas engines within the vehicle that aid in replenishing the battery during long drives.  This defect, dubbed “limp mode” poses a serious safety risk to drivers and others who share the road and plaintiffs allege that BMW has profited off of this safety risk and violated multiple state and federal laws.

This lawsuit alleges that Acura’s HandsFreeLink, a unit that allows Bluetooth hands-free calling, has a defect in which it does not shut off.  The plaintiffs in this case allege that this defect with the system is a constant drain on the battery system of many Acura vehicles, causing the battery to die which prevents the car from starting.  The replacement of the system costs consumers approximately $1,000 and it is not guaranteed to be void of the original problem, leaving many customers to opt out of the feature they initially paid for. 

image of a hyundai sonata

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that certain Hyundai Sonatas suffer from a defect that can cause engine seizure, stalling, engine noise, and oil light illumination. The plaintiffs also allege that engine seizure or stalling can be dangerous if experienced. The plaintiffs also allege that some owners and lessees have been improperly denied repairs under the vehicle’s warranty.  

image of a 2006 Ford F-150

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Ford should have known that the two-piece spark plugs used in 5.4L V-8 engines were prone to becoming stuck and sometimes break in the engine during the removal process, making the spark plugs more difficult and expensive to remove.  See Eligibility for affected vehicles.

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Plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that certain Subaru vehicles suffer from a design defect that causes them to consume excessive amounts of engine oil.