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Five German Brands

This class action names BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Daimler as defendants, alleging that these famed car manufacturers colluded, over a period of twenty years, to keep innovation and competition down while keeping prices up. The complaint claims that the five car makers formed a Circle of Five to create a perception of innovation, competition, and superior engineering to keep prices high on German cars while colluding to reduce competition and stunt initiatives to innovate. The complaint alleges that German auto sales in the US therefore violated the Sherman Antitrust Act and some state antitrust laws, such as California’s Cartwright Act.

2017 Ford Explorer

According to the complaint, many Ford cars, including 2016-2017 Explorer, 2007-2014 Edge, and 2007-2015 Lincoln MKX vehicles have been sold or leased in a defective and dangerous condition, in that they permit exhaust—including the lethal gas carbon monoxide—to enter the passenger compartment during normal operation of the vehicle.

Ford Transit Van

The complaint for this class action makes the unnerving allegation that the flex disc driveshaft coupling in Ford Transit vans can fail, causing the driveshaft to fall out of the vehicle, pierce the passenger cabin, and/or “pole vault” the vehicle into the air. Oh—and that at the same time, the brakes and engine power may fail, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. While Ford issued a recall because of this defect in 2017, the complaint says it simply replaced worn flex discs with the same defective parts, has no permanent solutions to the problem, and will not reimburse van owners or lessees for damages caused by the failure of the discs.

Ford 2017 Super-Duty Lifted Truck

This class action involves Ford’s “lifted trucks”—that is, trucks that sit higher off the ground than Ford’s regular or “stock trucks” and that have larger tires than stock trucks. The complaint alleges that the jacks and spare tires that come with the lifted trucks are made for the stock trucks, so that the jacks do not lift the trucks high enough to safely change a tire and the spare tires do not fit. It also alleges that the conversion to a lifted truck voids the truck’s normal warranty, something it says was not disclosed to the plaintiff when he bought the truck.

2016 Porsche

Settlement of a lawsuit alleging that certain colors of dashboards in Porsche vehicles in model years 2007-2016 created intense reflections on the windshields of the cars. The dashboard colors include Luxor Beige, Sand Beige, Cognac, Platinum Grey, and Natural Brown.

Cadillac Sun Roof Leaks

A leaky sun roof may not sound like much of a problem, but when the incoming water damages electronics, creates moldy interiors, and requires expensive repairs, consumers are likely to expect some remedy from the company. The complaint for this class action alleges that General Motors (GM) put out Cadillac SRX vehicles for model years 2010-2013 with defective sun roof design, materials, or workmanship, that the company was aware of the problem while the vehicles were within warranty, and that it should cover such damage under its warranties.

2014 Infiniti Q50

This settlement resolves two separate cases, Zingerman v. Nissan North America, Inc., Case No. 1:14-cv-07835, and Rafofsky v. Nissan North America, Inc., Case No. 2:15-cv-01848-AB-MAN.

2014 Hyundai Elantra

When a car’s steering mechanism fails, the results can include collisions, injury, and even death. This class action alleges that certain Hyundai Accent and Elantra cars have a faulty steering mechanism that made the steering wheel lock up and caused the plaintiffs to have accidents.

image of nissan and infiniti logos

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that 2013-2014 model year Nissan Pathfinder and 2013-2014 Infiniti JX35/QX60 vehicles equipped with the FK-*k2 continuously variable transmission (CVT) have a defect that can lead to transmission vibration or judder.

image of a toyota dashboard

Two years ago, Toyota settled litigation stemming from defective dashboards that can melt and peel when exposed to sunlight and hot temperatures.  This class action lawsuit claims that Toyota has failed to comply with the settlement agreement and has not yet made all of the necessary repairs.