Volvo XC 90 Check Engine Light

Volvo XC90 purchasers have complained of various problems including check engine light.

1. NHTSA Complaints

Here are some typical complaints

The compressor (or another component controlling the HVAC system in the 2018 XC90) failed while driving. The heat inside the vehicle quickly raised.  In October 2018, I again, finally, took the 2018 XC90 to the service department because (1) the check engine light came on; and (2) the electronic safety systems, such as the auto braking, had automatically engaged without any cars around the vehicle. The vehicle was also driving and handling in a strange manner.

 

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F250 and F350 Tailgate Opening Problem

Owners of the Ford F250 and F350 have complained unexpected tailgate openings.  If you experienced this problem you may be entitled to compensation or a new vehicle.


1. Reported Complaints

One source reports,  www.carcomplaints.com/news/2018/ford-f-250-f-350-tailgates-opening.shtml

The F-250 and F-350 trucks are equipped with electronic tailgates that can be opened with the key fobs, but five owners filed complaints saying the tailgates opened without warning and uncommanded. Here’s a sampling of the five tailgate complaints received by NHTSA.

“While driving 45 mph, the tailgate inadvertently opened and damaged the tail lights.”

“The rear tailgate will open randomly on its own. I’ve taken it in and nothing was done.”  Another 2017 Ford Super Duty truck owner says the tailgate has dropped about 17 times and finally the tailgate opened as the truck was going 65 mph on a mountain road and damaged the trailer and tailgate. The driver also said the experience caused him to disconnect the wiring to the tailgate. An F-250 owner said the truck had less than 5,000 miles on it when the tailgate dropped opened uncommanded three times. The driver says the tailgate and trailer were damaged. Finally, another truck owner complained the tailgate had open uncommanded at least 12 times while driving. The dealer had no answer about how to repair the problem and further said there was no way to disable the tailgate lock. The driver also complained there is no warning light to indicate when the tailgate is open.

2. Tailgate Opening Service Report 

Ford had issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) 17-2196 to dealers in October 2017 for 2017 F-Super Duty trucks built on or before June 7, 2017. Titled “Intermittent Electrical Concerns, Rear Parking Aid Camera Inop And/Or Uncommanded Tailgate Opening,” the TSB talked about a wiring harness numbered 14405.

The bulletin said the Super Duty trucks could suffer from water intrusion into the wiring harnesses and cause uncommanded tailgate openings. In addition, there may be a loss of communication on the speed controller area network (MS-CAN) and water intrusion could also cause problems with the rear-view cameras.


3. Repairs 

Ford dealers were told the tailgate problems could be fixed by the following methods.

2017 F-Super Duty 6.2-liter: Inspect connectors and replace the wire harness and include the time to remove/install the fuel tank, evaporative emission canister and replace one of the female side connectors.
2017 F-Super Duty 6.7-liter: Inspect connectors and replace the wire harnesses and include the time to remove/install the fuel and reductant tanks and to replace one of the female side connectors.
NHTSA’s investigation could be concluded in various ways. It’s possible safety regulators may find nothing wrong to indicate a safety defect, or they could upgrade the investigation. It’s also possible NHTSA could find what it believes to be a safety defect and request that Ford orders an official F-250 and F-350 tailgate recall.

If you experienced the Ford Tailgate Problem, Call for a Free Consultation

 

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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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