Turns out that Toyota agreed to pay $10 million to settle the case brought by the families. The accident was one of the primary causes of the recall that ended up in the millions of Toyota vehicles over unintended acceleration vehicles recalled.
The settlement was to be secret but word of it leaked out just before Christmas 2010 when it was publicly reported by the LA Times newspaper. The leak is rumored to have come from the car dealership's attorney involved in the case.
As usual, part of the settlement was that Toyota did not admit that anything was wrong with the vehicle. In spite of the trooper's infamous 911 call, pleading for help - and in spite of the $10 million they paid out - and in spite of the secrecy requirement Toyota wanted - Toyota still insists that it was just the floor mats that caused the crash.
Ten million dollars because the floor mats were the cause? Yeah, right.
If you've got a lemon Toyota, be careful. And if you want to get rid of it, call us. Getting rid of lemon cars is what we do. Everyday.
The Navistar 6 liter engines are at the heart of the litigation. Ford put the Navistar engines in a variety of models before consumer complaints reached such a frenzy that they could no longer stand the heat. Ford bought the engines from Navistar and then the warranty claims apparently went wild, with numerous manufacturing and design defects alleged by numerous consumer-owners of the bad trucks.
Back in 2007 Ford filed a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Navistar over the faulty engines. This newest lawsuit was filed by a consumer in federal court in California against both Ford and Navistar and you can read the lawsuit papers (called the "Complaint") by clicking here. This case asks the court to make it a California-state-wide class action on behalf of all California consumers.
We've been seeing these bad diesel engine Ford truck cases for years now and have been dealing with them one at a time. Class actions are nice, and we handle them too, but many times an owner just wants to get rid of their bad vehicle and go on in life. It takes patience and perseverance to be willing to pursue a manufacturer not just for yourself, but also on behalf of every one of the victims who got stuck with a bad product.
These engines can cost thousands of dollars to replace and repairs, in our experience, seem to be little more than a band-aid that stalls off the bigger replacement cost that will eventually come anyway.
The result for consumers has been big money lost while owning the Ford diesel truck and just as big a loss when you try to trade it in or sell it - because the diesel truck's reputation has ruined the truck's value. After all, anyone who does just a little research on the internet will turn up tons of complaints from other consumers.
If you've got a bad Ford diesel truck - if you've paid money for repairs or engine replacement - you've got rights. If Ford won't help you, we will. Getting rid of lemon diesel Ford trucks is what we do. Everyday. Since 1978. It's only fair.
Toyota: "We did nothing wrong but we'll pay $32.4 million more if the US stops investigating what we didn't do"
For its part, government officials said they expected better cooperation out of Toyota next time while Toyota, for its part, said the payment enabled it to "turn the page" and move on with its business of making and selling cars.
By the end of this year Toyota will have recalled more vehicles in a single than any other known manufacturer ever faced while its market share fell dramatically. Meanwhile, questions still exist.
There is still no explanation for the state trooper whose Toyota-built car couldn't be stopped until it crashed and killed the trooper and his family members.
The man who was imprisoned for a Toyota vehicular homicide-related conviction was set free but still lost years of his life because Toyota swept its problem under the corporate rug.
The ex-Toyota lawyer whistle-blower is all but forgotten, even though he first publicly talked about Toyota's corporate policy of "playing hide the evidence and lie about it."
And the many lawsuits filed against Toyota were themselves almost all swept up into the massive multidistrict litigation that still churns away in a sunny LA federal courtroom.
Meanwhile, Toyota just wants to move on. Perhaps its settlement with federal safety investigators is a sign that it is finally beginning to recognize its own dirty laundry. For this Christmas, maybe all Toyota owners should ship a box of detergent to Toyota Motor Sales USA, 19001 South Western Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501. They could still use a good scrubbing.
If you've got a lemon Toyota, with Toyota's history of fight, stall, delay, and deny-at-all-costs, you need a lawyer that will fight for you. Get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of Toyota lemons is what we do. We've been doing it since 1978. And making them pay your attorney fees in a lemon law case is just, well, justice.
If you were building the hottest looking plug in hybrid in the world, and it was priced just shy of $90,000, where would you market it first? Turns out the answer is China. And US buyers, standing in line with some 3,000 orders, aren't happy.
The reasons for the move are sensible, if not insulting to Detroit and US customers who have been lining up to get thier hands on the real thing. One look at the hot Karma model and you can sure see why everyone wants it. It's a four door sedan with lines that remind you of the best that Bentley or Jaguar makes if a fine luxury car. It easily beats the Chevy Volt in every department but price, but for the looks of it, price doesn't matter so much.
The Karma will get 300 miles with its high performance styling, 50 on just its electric battery pack alone before the conventional powertrain kicks in for another 250 miles of driving.
So why are they heading to China first?
First, the luxury car market is booming in China, where the economy is hungry for motor vehicles and the luxury segment is even hungrier.
Then there's Fisker's new partner, the China Grand Automotive Group. They just happen to be the number one passenger car company in China, with a dealer network over 200 strong and experience marketing luxury cars in China like Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, and Lamborghini, selling more than $7 billion worth. They know what they are doing.
Then, to top it off, there's the Chinese government, which is pushing hard for the home market to adopt clean electric propulsion to clean up its dirty carbon footprint, widely discussed by visiting media at the Chinese Olympics. And Fisker is there to help, first with its sexy luxury Karma sedan. Next they plan to launch a family sedan.
So, US would-be buyers will have to settle for watching Fisker's hot luxury car on television when the cars hit the roads of China in April 2011. And when will they get their hands on one here in the US? No one is talking, but you can bet it won't be soon.
Like boaters, most bikers don't use their bikes in the winter months in the northern US. Since they aren't riding, the motorcycle defects are not as important or bothersome to many bikers. So they tend to put off their complaints until they get their motorcycle out in the Spring months. That can be a problem.
Here's some reasons why now is the right time to get rid of your lemon motorcycle.
1. Your warranty is running out on you all the time. Manufacturers often argue that since months went by without a consumer complaint, then there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. They don't care if it was winter. They don't care if you were out of town. They don't care if you didn't need transportation because you were laid off. If there was no complaining then, to them, there was no problem. So, complain.
2. It takes time to process a Lemon Law claim. Starting your claim in the winter months gives you a better chance of having it resolved in time for you to be riding a new bike when the spring and summer months get here. If you wait until Springtime, then you probably will lose the whole summer while you put up with a bike that doesn't run right for even longer - right at the time when you wish you could be riding it.
3. It's the end of the year and the manufacturer will want to get it "off the books." Many manufacturers close out their financial books at the first of each year. If they have a claim that they can pay in December, their accountants almost always prefer it that way. You can take advantage of that.
So if you've got a lemon motorcycle, now is the right time to get rid of it. And if your dealer or your manufacturer won't help you out, then call us. Getting rid of lemon motorcycles is what we do. Everyday. Since 1978. Making them pay your legal costs too, well that's only fair.
Now, if the motorbike breaks down, we hope Jackie calls us, of course.
1 Dodge Caravan 2000
2 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera 1995
3 Honda Civic 2000
4 Buick Century 1995
5 Ford Taurus 1999
6 Honda Accord 1994
7 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size) 1990
8 Ford F150 Pickup 1995
9 Chevrolet Cavalier 1999
10 Ford Explorer 1997
Another reason that the pre-2000 model years are often stolen is that thieves run into few factory installed anti-theft devices on those earlier year vehicles. Keep that in mind when you go used car-shopping.
Here's a list of the affected vehicles.
1. 1993 – 2004 F150
2. 1993 – 1999 F250 (gasoline engine)
3. 1993 – 1996 Bronco
4. 1994 – 1996 Econoline
5. 1997 – 2002 Ford Expedition
6. 1998 – 2002 Lincoln Navigator
7. 1998 – 2002 Ford Ranger
8. 1992 – 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car
9. 1993 – 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
10. 1993 – 1995 Ford Taurus SHO with automatic transmission
11. 1994 – Mercury Capri
12. 1998 – 2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer
13. 2001 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport and Explorer Sport Trac
14. 1992 – 1993 and 1997 – 2003 Ford E-150-350 gasoline or natural gas vehicles
15. 2002 – E-550 gasoline engine vehicles
16. 1996 – 2003 E-450 gasoline or natural gas vehicles
17. 1994 – 2002 F-250 through F-550 super Duty trucks (gasoline engine)
18. 2000 – 2002 Ford Excursion (gasoline engine)
19. 2003 – F250 – F550 Super Duty, Ford Excursion
20. 1995 – 2002 Ford F53 Motor home chassis
21. 2002 – 2003 Lincoln Blackwood
Don't let it happen to you. If your Ford dealer gives you a runaround or any stall or delay,contact us or call us right away, 1-888-331-6422 Toll Free. We know what to do.
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For the last decade the federal government has been trying to persuade Americans to make one simple change that would do it. Metal industry lobbiests and the vending machine companies got behind it.
The Government Accountability Office, the federal office that is the watchdog over all aspects of the federal government, was for it and released a report in April 200 that said it would save the government $522 million.
Citizens Against Government Waste, the folks who've been fighting congressional earmarks for years, released a report last Spring saying they were all for it. Anti-tax groups like Americans for Tax Reform gave it a thumbs up.
Heck, even the US Mint, the folks who make our money, are for it. Seems like everyone is for it but no one is doing it.
The government even spent $67 million dollars trying to get people to do it. This one simple cost-saving tip that would save the government what seems like an awful lot of money, but habits are hard to change and people just wouldn't change.
It's simple. Get rid of the dollar bill and use the dollar coin instead. The simple fact is that metal coins last longer than paper does. There's lots of wasteful spending going on in Washington, yes, but here's an example of something that you and I (and everyone else) can do right now to help stop it. Don't use dollar bills.
Now, I know that some folks are upset that when they came out with the presidential series of dollar coins some stupid designer took the "In God We Trust" phrase off the obvious face of the coin where it had been forever and put it on the coin's edge, but you don't reward one unknown person's stupidity by being stupid yourself.
In God We Trust was moved back to the coin's face in 2009 and it is still on the new dollar coins, it's just in smaller print. The rumor that it isn't on the coin at all is just a myth. And if that really bothers you, then the way to fix that is by writing a letter to all your federal elected officials and tell them to put it back on the front big and obvious.
Besides, there's plenty of those Sacagawea dollar coins (minted 2000-2006) you can use and even some of those Anthony dollar coins (minted 1979-1999) too.
Meanwhile, you can help our government save money by simply stop taking and using dollar bills. Your local bank has plenty of dollar coins for you to use. And if you really want to get adventurous and daring - well you might even start using two dollar bills too.
Neither political party may ever get around to cutting the federal deficit, but you help a little too.
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Manufacturer: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
|Mfr's Report Date: SEP 23, 2010|
|NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V426000|| |
PE10035NHTSA Action Number: PE10035
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 SONATA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 11, 2009, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2010. ON SOME OF THESE VEHICLES THE STEERING COLUMN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT CONNECTIONS MAY HAVE BEEN EITHER IMPROPERLY ASSEMBLED OR INSUFFICIENTLY TIGHTENED.
IMPROPER ASSEMBLY OR INSUFFICIENT TIGHTENING OF THE CONNECTIONS COULD RESULT IN A COMPLETE SEPARATION OR COMPROMISED ATTACHMENT OF THE CONNECTIONS, SUCH THAT THE DRIVER COULD EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF, OR REDUCTION IN, STEERING CAPABILITY INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE STEERING COLUMN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT CONNECTIONS FOR PROPER ASSEMBLY AND TORQUE. IN ADDITION DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE POWER STEERING SOFTWARE.
Steering systems, that come apart, can be dangerous, to put it mildly. Hyundai quality has improved vastly over its early years, but every once in awhile, it happens. If you've got a lemon Hyundai Sonata, get your dealer to get it fixed before things get worse. If you get the run around, then call us. Getting rid of lemon cars is what we do. Since 1978.
Automotive News is reporting that "preliminary evidence shows that Toyota Motor Corp. hired a lawyer to destroy or hide incriminating safety documents from vehicle owners who sued the company according to the ruling from an arbitrator.
When it was all over, they declared the Porsche channel to be the "best in show." But as good as it was, the most views went to BMW, which was also the newest car channel on YouTube but had roughly 12 million views. Their BMW Art Car video clip was also one of the two best video clips too and it's no wonder. Some of the top people in art lent their touches to some BMW cars and turned them into remarkable works of art graphically.
Notably, the editors said they were shocked to see how many carmakers paid so little attention to their official presence on the world's most popular video sharing site and one of the most highly trafficked web sites on the internet.
We cruised the carmakers channels and have to agree. A good example of lackluster effort is the 7 and a half minute video of a silver Mercedes going round and round a track, with a few instances of sprinklers and hoses, but not much more. It's just plain boring.
On the other hand, there's the Subaru "Lost Sunglasses" video. But, personally, we think the 2008 Subaru commercial, found here, is the best of the lot. Be sure to watch it to the end, the very end.
Then there is the AutoChannel's 4 funniest car commercials that are just hilarious too.
They can make some funny car commercials and sometimes some good, or bad video too. We don't do that. We get rid of lemon cars. Of course, there's no funny about a lemon car if you get one. When that happens, call us. Getting rid of lemon cars is what we do.
The Washington Post is reporting that the class action case lawyers are saying that they have uncovered internal Toyota documents showing that as far back as 2003 the company knew about the problem of unintended acceleration in Toyota cars.
There's an interesting article over at TechRepublic, written by Jason Hiner, on what your type of cell phone says about you and the kind of car you probably drive. And, judging from people we know, there's more than a little truth to Hiner's thoughts.