Ford Focus Stalling Recall

Ford is recalling nearly 1.3 million cars in the United States to repair fuel tanks that can cause engine stalls.   Owners have reported stalling and erratic idles to fuel gauges rapidly changing and deformed fuel tanks.

 

IF YOU RECEIVED A RECALL NOTICE OR EXPERIENCED STALLING, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION.  CALL (973) 598-1980 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

 

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The problem, Ford says, is that a faulty purge valve in the fuel tank’s evaporative emission-control system (EVAP) may remain open when it shouldn’t, which can then send liquid fuel into the EVAP system and partially collapse the fuel tank because of excess vacuum pressure. The EVAP system traps gasoline vapors into a charcoal filter and at specific times will release the vapors via the purge valve back into the engine’s throttle body. This ensures that gasoline vapors do not evaporate into the atmosphere. When liquid fuel enters instead of vapor, the problems owners have reported may occur. www.caranddriver.com/news/a24218133/ford-focus-recall-stalling

Starting in December, dealers will reprogram the powertrain ECU to prevent the valve from remaining open. If the purge valve on a customer’s vehicle is faulty, the dealer will replace it along with the carbon filter, fuel pump, and the entire tank if needed. Ford recommends owners keep the tank at least half full until the recall begins.

Ford corrected the issue for naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engines on the production line in April 2017 and for turbocharged 2.0-liter engines (the Focus ST model) in February. According to the filing, NHTSA contacted Ford in May about the problem after reviewing owner complaints on 2012 through 2014 models. However, Ford did not report any defects to NHTSA despite conducting an “analysis” in 2017 and issuing multiple technical service bulletins since at least 2013 that called for dealers to replace the EVAP canister and fuel tanks of some of the associated Focus models. A Focus owner sued Ford in 2016 and amended the lawsuit into a class action, although the case was dismissed and settled privately in February.

Ford previously recalled the 2014 Focus for fuel problems in 2014 and 2015; both recalls involved faulty fuel pumps that could stall the car. A NHTSA investigation into carbon-monoxide poisoning entering the cabins of Ford Explorer models is also ongoing.

Sources Car and Driver Article About Ford Stalling Recall
Ford Recall Wall Street Journal review

Chevrolet Colorado Vibration

2018 Chevrolet Colorado owners are complaining about shudder or vibration on their vehicles.   Dealers are suggesting transmission fluid change, torque converter replacement and other remedies. Owners who purchased vehicles with these problems may be entitled to refunds or new vehicles.

1. Complaints

I first experienced a shuddering that could make the beverage in my cup sitting in the cup holder on the right side of the transmission shifting lever form foam. Oh dang, but road repairs in some parts of Texas appear to be irregularly semi-scheduled in a non reoccurring manner on a random basis. My weekly trips along the same road were the only time I was noticing the shudder, so I just chalked it up to bumpy secondary country roads.. And then it happened!

Cruising down the interstate not on cruise control doing around 73 MPH on a flat straight section, I lightly accelerated to kick it up a bit to set the cruise control.. Foam forming in my beverage may have occurred, but I was too preoccupied attempting to see how many pine logs I had just run over to cause the worse jerking experienced yet. I once had a utility trailer built without any suspension using springs, or shocks.. Seeing it jump off the ground and come down with a bang was an experience, and that’s what it felt like this time.

The shuddering was soon occurring often and the speed didn’t seem to be the major factor, Just trying to lightly accelerate while cruising along in a higher gear seemed to be the cause  I searched the internet to see if this had been a reported problem or one subject to a Chevrolet recall when I happened upon this site. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading of the same problem occurring with others and was stimulated to finally contact my Chevy Dealer yesterday with only 2700 miles on my truck!

I made a trip to visit the Service Manager personally and was glad that I did. He was very knowledgeable of these situations and explained a sequential approach to effect a proper solution.. His plan of attack sounds very similar to what I have read aout so far.–Flush the transmission, check fluid flows, and probably replace the torque converter. If it checks out OK there, I’ll drive it for a few hundred miles to see if it was “fixed” or not. If NOT, a prescription for surgery and a transmission replacement may be necessitated

Shudder/Vibration easily felt in steering column about a week ago, has gotten worse and more often.  The tech who signed me in mentioned it may be the transmission fluid they’d used originally, (or the torque converter, which it ended up being). My concern is wondering what they used, why that could cause shudder, vibration, any “long term effects” for the transmission? www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Colorado/2018/

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Brake Problems

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vacuum pump and power brake problems are under federal investigation after drivers complained about losing brake power assist.

NHTSA investigation of Range Rover brake problems

NHTSA Range Rover Brake problem investigation

According to one source,

The 30,000 model year 2012-2014 vehicles are equipped with 2-liter gasoline turbocharged direct injection (GTDI) engines that use single-vane engine-powered rotary vacuum pumps as the only source of vacuum to the brake boosters.  The vacuum pumps, attached to the rear of the engines and driven by the intake camshafts, need a constant supply of engine oil for lubrication, cooling and for sealing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says problems with engine oil supply to the pumps can cause significant problems, with a loss of brake booster vacuum. Drivers will experience problems using the brake pedals that will result in longer stopping distances or more significant issues.  Read complaints about Land Rover vehicles.

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If you purchased a Range Rover with brake problems, you may be entitled to compensation or other relief.  Call for a Free Consultation, (973) 598-1980

About Us

About Us


Hiring an attorney can be a stressful and confusing situation. You want an expert, honest, personal approach to your case. The Law Office of Howard Gutman has been fighting for consumer rights and representing commercial interests for over 20 years. We have a deep knowledge of fraud, consumer, warranty, and lemon law, and will handle your case with honesty and experience.

Howard A. Gutman has successfully handled over 500 lemon law and automobile breach of warranty cases. Mr. Gutman is the author of a leading article on the lemon law in the New Jersey Law Journal and recently gave a seminar for other attorneys on the lemon law for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He also wrote the Year 2000 Legal Handbook, a book dealing with computer warranties, and is considered a leading authority on all types of warranties. He has appeared on Good Day New Jersey been interviewed by NBC Nightly News and Newsday, and his cases have been profiled in the Star-Ledger, Bureau of National Affairs Magazine, and New York Times

Education and Early Employment

     Howard Gutman

Mr. Gutman graduated from Drew University Cum Laude, with Distinguished Honors in Political Science. At age 20, while still an undergraduate, he became one of the youngest persons ever to publish a law review article. He went on to the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as a Senior Editor on the Journal of Law Reform.

Mr. Gutman first worked at the Wall Street law firm of Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, a premier international law firm. He then went on to Hellring Lindeman Goldstein & Siegel where he worked under the former United States Attorney for New Jersey. Thereafter, he became part of the commercial litigation team at Hannoch Weisman, then the second largest firm in New Jersey. With the opportunity to handle a case featured in national media, he started his own firm and has been a trial attorney for over 20 years. Legal Assistant Amy Schneider is a graduate of Princeton University and MIT.

Published Lemon Law Verdicts and Awards

Black v. Volvo North America Corp. 92 N.J.A.R.2d (1992)

Boyle v. American Isuzu Motors, 95 N.J.A.R.2d 128 (1995)

Gantt v. Volkswagen, 95 N.J.A.R.2d 32
This case sets down the important principle that the manufacturer is responsible for any items installed. The dealer installed an alarm which Volkswagen said was unauthorized. Accepting our position, the Court said if the vehicle malfunctioned, it would be a lemon.

Giglio v. Daimler Chrysler Motors Co, OAL DKT. NO. CMA9965-02
Courts have decided water leak claims in different ways – sometimes saying conditions did not constitute a substantial impairment. Here we were able to demonstrate through an expert and the client’s testimony that there was a substantial problem and secured a refund.

Merisier v. C&J Auto, Inc. OAL-DKT NO . CMA-5617-00
The Division Director, on Administrative Appeal, reversed a lower court finding and ordered repurchase.

Taylor v. Volvo OAL DKT. NO: CMA5732-00
The court ordered a refund based upon a vehicle odor, rejecting contentions the condition did not constitute a substantial impairment.

Umbach v. Volkswagen of American 93 N.J.A.R.2d 11 (1992)
Repurchase ordered, rejecting the contention that uneven shifting at highway speeds was a normal characteristic of the vehicle

Other Verdicts and Settlements

Negligence Settlement ($500,000). A client came to a large law firm who advised him that he did not have a claim in a matter involving medical negligence. We reexamined the case, identified an error and after filing a claim, secured a ½ million dollar settlement.

Consumer Fraud Award ($121,000). Mr. Gutman secured one of the largest jury verdicts in a consumer fraud action after a seven-day trial. The matter was resolved with a confidentiality provision

Consumer Fraud Settlement ($150,000). A tenant was deceived about the projected use of a building. After being billed a five-figure amount by his initial counsel, our office agreed to handle the matter on a contingency basis securing a substantial settlement providing an award to the client and coverage of fees for our office and his prior counsel.

Silica Claim (six-figure settlement involving multiple defendants). Our office filed one of the first cases involving exposure to silica dust.

Media Coverage

Some of our cases have been covered by media outlets including the New York Times, NBC, Star Ledge, Law 360, and the Associated Press.

Jeep Cherokee Litigation (Cal. And NJ) (Our office was lead counsel in a matter covered by Law360

In Re Vioxx Litigation, (D. N.J. 2017) (our office represented a law firm securing a successful resolution of claims).

Lieberman v. USCF, Suit Seeks to Bar U.S. From Chess Olympiad,
New York Times and AP (Sept. 26, 1986)

Pipolo v. Tayburn (filing of one of the first cases alleging repressed memory in case of abuse).

Presentations

New Lemon Law Creates Expansive Remedies,
Winning the Lemon Law Case, Inst. Of Cont Legal Education (Oct. 2016)
Computer Software Warranties and Risks, Presentation to the National Press Club (1998).

Personal Handling and Staff

Each case is personally handled by Mr. Gutman with aid from legal assistant Amy Schneider. She is a graduate of Princeton University who received her M.B.A from MIT Sloan School of Business.

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General Motors Air-Conditioning Problem

General Motors Air-Conditioning Defect: Questions and Answers

 

Man having problem with GM air-conditioning

 

What is the Current Status 

A class action sets forth problems with the air-conditioning systems on multiple GM vehicles.  Se In Re Gen. Motors Air  Conditioning Litigation   Our office is presenting claims for inconvenience, repair cost reimbursement and other relief.


Is there a cost to me to present an individual claim

Our office handles GM air-conditioning claims on a contingency basis with no payment required from the consumer.


What Vehicles are Covered

Problems have been reported on GM trucks and SUVs, namely the Cadillac Escalade (model years 2015-2017), the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (model years 2014-2016), the Chevrolet Suburban (model years 2015-2017), the Chevrolet Tahoe (model years 2015-2017), the GMC Sierra 1500 (model years 2014-2016) and the GMC Yukon (model years 2015-2017).


What types of Problems Have been Reported 

The vehicles have a serious defect that causes the AC Systems to (a) crack and leak refrigerant; (b) lose pressure within the
AC System; and (c) fail to properly function to provide cooled air into the Vehicle’s passenger cabin.  The Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoes were   h GMC Sierra Complaints state GM trucks and SUVs were sold with a defective air conditioning system that will break down during normal vehicle operation, and consumers have been charged for repair due to factory defect.

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