Toyota Sienna Sliding Doors Class Action

A class action law suit has been filed against Toyota for defective automatic sliding doors in 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna minivans.  The lawsuit alleges that a problem with the doors prevents them from latching shut.  The doors can open automatically, on their own, even when the vehicle is in motion, representing a dangerous and potentially fatal situation.  Conversely, the defect can also cause the doors to be stuck shut, trapping occupants in the vehicle.

That problem involves sliding doors with motor circuits that can become overloaded, causing the fuse malfunction. With an open fuse, the door could open while driving if the door latch is in an unlatched position.  Although Toyota has issued a recall for the doors, they have provided no repair solution.  Consumers are advised to disable the power mechanism in the doors and just operate them manually.  Since many buyers of minivans view power sliding rear doors as a key and essential feature, forcing owners to operate the doors strictly manually represents a significant inconvenience and devaluation of the car.

The class action lawsuit alleges that Toyota has been aware of the sliding door defect since before 2013. It claims Toyota was privy to the complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as far back as 2011.  Still, Toyota continued to sell the affected Toyota Siennas without taking steps to fix the defect or notify its customers, the plaintiffs say. The company did not issue a recall for the problem until November 2016.

The Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Defect Class Action Lawsuit is Tonya Combs et al v. Toyota Motor Corporation et al, 2:17-cv-04633, in the California District Court.

If you are experiencing problems with the sliding doors on your
2011-2016 Toyota Sienna, call the Law Office of Howard Gutman at
973-598-1980 to discuss your claim.

GM Recalls 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s

General Motors has recalled almost 700,000 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500s and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500s  for a potentially dangerous steering defect.

These trucks’ power steering assist (“EPS”) can cut out, especially during low speed turns, and then return suddenly.  This may result in a loss of control of the vehicle.  Additional symptoms of the problem may include other electrical systems cutting out and warning light indicators going off.

The loss and sudden return of EPS assist typically happens within a one second period and is caused by an electrical/software issue.

The recall follows National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report #17V414 on General Motor’s Electronic Power Steering assist on this make and model vehicle.  NHTSA said the fault occurs when the system voltage drops below 8.8 volts for more than one second, or during low-speed turn. EPS assist is disabled until voltage returns to 9 volts for a minimum of 40 milliseconds, at which point EPS assist returns.  According to GM the underlying problem is a defect in the EPS module software.

GM’s fix is to reprogram the EPS module.  Consumers can also call Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-432-8782 for assistance. GM’s number for this recall is 17276.

 

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Have you done all that and are getting nowhere with GM?  If you are having steering problems with your 2014 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra, you may be entitled compensation.  Call the Law Office of Howard Gutman for a free consultation on your claim.

2018 Toyota Camrys Recalled – May Need New Engine

 

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Some 2018 Toyota Camrys may need a new engine.  According to Cars.com, Toyota is issuing a recall on a small number (so far) of their popular 2018 Toyota Camry vehicles.  Some of the pistons used in the engine are too large, possibly resulting in the vehicle running rough, making loud noises, emitting smoke, warning lights illuminating, and other symptoms.  The fix is a replacement of the entire engine.

 

CarComplaints, which tracks reported problems and recalls by vehicle type, says of the 2018 Toyota Camry recall,

 

“The problem can be so bad the 2.5L, 4 cylinder A25A-FKS engines can stop running while the cars are moving.

The automaker will start mailing recall notices in May 2018. Toyota dealers will inspect the production date codes of the pistons and replace the engines if needed.”

If you are having problems with your Camry, contact the Law Office of Howard Gutman at 973-598-1980 for a free consultation on your issue.

Chevrolet Tahoe, Silverado, and Suburban Air Conditioning Problem

 

Are you having problems with your Chevy Tahoe, Silverado, or Suburban A/C system?  You may be able to get compensation for your troubles.

 

1. Typical Problems with the Air-Conditioning System

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Owners of the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe 2014-17 have experienced multiple problems with the air-conditioning system. A class action has been filed and owners may be entitled to compensation. The problems have included leaking condensor, blowing hot air,

The diagnosis has included,
* Leaking condenser with replacement needed,
* Faulty hose,
* Air-conditioning additive.

Despite systemic problems, the manufacturer has periodically refused to pay for the repair.

 

2. Inconvenience

Chevrolet Silverado owners have been deprived for weeks or even months of a functioning AC System. Other consequences may include engine stalling because the AC System’s compressor is powered by the engine’s accessory drive belt.

 

3. Causes

One claim explains, automotive AC systems, including the AC Systems in Class Vehicles, are “closed loop” systems that circulate a gaseous refrigerant to cool vehicle cabins. When operating as intended, AC systems should not consume refrigerant or allow it to escape the system. Thus, a vehicle’s AC system will cease to produce cold air only if a system component ceases to function properly, or if the system develops a leak that allows the refrigerant to escape. See General Motor Air-Conditioning Complaint.

 

4. Claims

As the class action complaint says, “GM was and remains under a continuing duty to disclose to Plaintiffs and the members of the Class the true character, quality and nature of the Class Vehicles, that the Defect results from a poor design and/or failures in the manufacturing process, will require costly repairs, poses safety concerns, and diminishes the resale value of the Class Vehicles, in addition to causing Class members to pay out of pocket to repair their Vehicles once the Defect manifests. ”

Additionally, if the compressor seizes while the AC System is in operation, it may place excessive strain on the drive belt, and thereby the Vehicles’ drivetrain, which can result in engine problems.

 

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