GM Torque Converter and 8 Speed Transmission Problems

GM issued TSB 18-NA-355 to address “torque converter clutch (TCC) shudder conditions on 8L45 and 8L90” eight-speed automatic transmissions. The proposed solution was a new fluid flush, which appears to fix the issues for some customers, who have reported a dramatic change in shift quality after swapping out the juice. If the flush doesn’t fix the issue, the next step may be to replace the torque converter, which could be glazed.

GM 8 Speed Transmission Lawsuit

A year after the initial class-action lawsuit, The General sought to have it dismissed. The lawsuit alleges GM’s eight-speed automatic transmissions may shift violently into gear, and the filing further claims the problems are caused by some type of hydraulic systems failure, which can wear down the gears and – as mentioned earlier – allow metal shavings to become caught within the transmission.

Plaintiffs say that the fact that GM sent TSBs to dealerships are an indication the automaker has known about the defects since at least 2015. The lawsuit also claims GM’s suggested fixes, such as flushing the transmission system, are only a temporary solution.

Meanwhile, GM claims the problems with the transmission do not fall under the factory warranty, as it is a design issue  and not a manufacturing defect.

(Excerpted from) Five Ways GM Is Infuriating Its Customers Today (

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Odometer Tampering and Fraud Claims


When the odometer of a vehicle is misrepresented, it typically involves fraudulent practices related to the vehicle’s mileage. This can lead to various claims and legal actions, depending on the jurisdiction and the circumstances of the misrepresentation.

Here are some common types of claims and actions that can be pursued in cases of odometer misrepresentation:

  1. Odometer Fraud Claims: Odometer fraud involves intentionally misrepresenting the mileage on a vehicle to increase its apparent value or make it more appealing to buyers. In such cases, a buyer may have legal claims against the seller for the misrepresentation.
  2. Breach of Contract: If there was a written contract or sales agreement that included specific information about the vehicle’s mileage, and the seller knowingly provided false information, the buyer may have a breach of contract claim.
  3. Violations of Federal and State Laws: In the United States, the federal government has the “Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act,” which makes it illegal to tamper with or alter an odometer. State laws also address odometer fraud. Violations of these laws can lead to penalties, fines, and civil liability.
  4. Consumer Protection Laws: Many jurisdictions have consumer protection laws that prohibit deceptive trade practices. Odometer fraud could be considered a violation of these laws, leading to claims and potential legal action.
  5. Tort Claims: In some cases, odometer fraud could lead to tort claims, such as fraud, misrepresentation, or even negligence, if the seller’s actions are deemed reckless or intentional.
  6. Federal Odometer Act (FOA) Claim: In the United States, the Federal Odometer Act (FOA) allows consumers to seek damages for odometer fraud, which includes actual damages or a civil penalty up to three times the amount of actual damages, whichever is greater.
  7. Rescission of the Sale: In some cases, the affected party may seek to rescind the sale, effectively voiding the transaction and returning the vehicle to the seller while recovering the purchase price.


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Ley de Protección al Consumidor en Caso de Vehículos Defectuosos (Ley del Limón)

La Ley de Protección al Consumidor en Caso de Vehículos Defectuosos, comúnmente conocida como “Ley del Limón”, es una legislación importante que defiende los derechos de los consumidores en casos de vehículos automotores defectuosos. Esta ley tiene como objetivo garantizar que los compradores de vehículos nuevos y usados estén protegidos en caso de que adquieran un automóvil que tenga repetidos problemas o defectos de fábrica.

¿Qué es la Ley del Limón?

La Ley del Limón establece que si un vehículo nuevo o usado presenta defectos sustanciales durante un período determinado, generalmente dentro de la garantía del fabricante, el consumidor tiene derecho a una reparación gratuita o, en algunos casos, a un reemplazo del vehículo. Los defectos cubiertos por esta ley suelen afectar la seguridad, el uso o el valor del vehículo.

¿Quién está protegido por la Ley del Limón?

Los derechos otorgados por la Ley del Limón varían de un estado a otro, pero generalmente se aplican a:

  • Compradores de vehículos nuevos.
  • Compradores de vehículos usados que estén cubiertos por una garantía.
  • Arrendatarios de vehículos nuevos.
  • Personas y empresas que utilicen vehículos para fines comerciales.

Proceso de reclamación

Si un consumidor cree que su vehículo califica bajo la Ley del Limón, generalmente debe seguir estos pasos:

  1. Notificar al fabricante o concesionario acerca de los problemas del vehículo y darles la oportunidad de repararlo.
  2. Mantener registros detallados de las reparaciones y comunicaciones con el fabricante o concesionario.
  3. Si los problemas persisten, consultar con un abogado o la agencia de protección al consumidor de su estado.
  4. En algunos casos, un arbitraje puede ser requerido para resolver la disputa.

Derechos del consumidor

Los consumidores tienen derechos claros bajo la Ley del Limón, y estos pueden incluir:

  • Reparación gratuita o reemplazo del vehículo defectuoso.
  • Reembolso del precio de compra o pago de arrendamiento.
  • Gastos de reparación y otros costos asociados.
  • Honorarios legales y costos relacionados.

Ley del Limón en su estado

Es importante recordar que las leyes del limón varían según el estado en los Estados Unidos, por lo que es fundamental consultar las regulaciones específicas de su ubicación para comprender sus derechos y responsabilidades. Si tiene preguntas o necesita asistencia, comuníquese con un abogado especializado en la Ley del Limón o con la agencia de protección al consumidor de su estado.

La Ley del Limón es una herramienta valiosa que protege a los consumidores contra vehículos defectuosos y garantiza que los fabricantes y concesionarios cumplan con sus obligaciones. Está diseñada para proporcionar tranquilidad a los compradores de automóviles y garantizar que obtengan vehículos de calidad y seguros.

New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law Claims

The New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law, is a law that protects consumers who are victims of deception or purchased used cars with substantial defects.  Below is an overview of the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law, its key provisions, and what consumers should know if they believe they’ve purchased a defective used car.

Key Provisions of the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law:

  1. Coverage: The UCLL covers used passenger vehicles purchased in New Jersey from licensed dealers. These vehicles must be seven years old or less and have less than 100,000 miles on the odometer at the time of purchase.
  2. Eligibility: To qualify for protection under the UCLL, a vehicle must meet specific criteria, including a substantial defect that impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. The defect must occur within 24,000 miles or two years from the date of delivery, whichever comes first.
  3. Required Repairs: If a vehicle has a substantial defect within the specified mileage and time frame, the dealer is obligated to make a reasonable number of repair attempts to correct the problem.
  4. Refund or Replacement: If the dealer cannot repair the defect after a reasonable number of attempts, the consumer is entitled to a refund or a replacement vehicle, as per their preference.
  5. Consumer’s Rights: The UCLL grants consumers the right to pursue legal action to enforce their rights. This includes filing a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and potentially taking the dealer to court if necessary.
  6. Out-of-Pocket Costs: The law requires the dealer to reimburse the consumer for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the defect, such as towing, rental cars, and other necessary expenses incurred during repair attempts.
  7. Attorney Fees: If a consumer successfully sues the dealer under the UCLL, the court may award reasonable attorney fees and costs.

Consumer’s Responsibilities:

To benefit from the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law, consumers should follow these steps:

  1. Keep all repair records, invoices, and correspondence related to the vehicle’s defect.
  2. Document all communication with the dealer, including repair requests and responses.
  3. Report the defect to the dealer within the warranty period and allow them a reasonable number of repair attempts to fix the issue.
  4. If the problem persists and the dealer is unable to repair the defect, notify the dealer in writing, requesting a refund or replacement vehicle.


If a consumer’s rights under the UCLL are violated, they can file a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. The Division will investigate the complaint and mediate disputes between consumers and dealers. If necessary, consumers can pursue legal action in court to enforce their rights.

It’s important to note that the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law primarily applies to transactions involving licensed dealers. Private sales, as well as sales from auctions and certain other sales, are not covered.

Before purchasing a used car, consumers are advised to thoroughly research the vehicle’s history, have it inspected by a qualified mechanic, and carefully review the warranty and return policies offered by the dealer.

My transmission on the Honda is giving me problems.

For information on the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law and to learn more about your rights, contact our office at (973) 598-1980.

Honda 9 Speed Transmission Claims

Honda 9-speed transmission problems have caused a class action lawsuit for all current and former owners or lessees who purchased or leased any Honda vehicle equipped with a ZF 9HP 9-speed automatic transmission.

According to the Honda class action, the following vehicles allegedly suffer from “rough and delayed shifting, loud noises during shifting, harsh engagement of gears, sudden, harsh accelerations and decelerations, and sudden loss of power.”

  • 2016-2022 Honda Pilot
  • 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey
  • 2019-present Honda Passport
  • 2020-present Honda Ridgeline

According to the two Honda owners who filed the lawsuit, the 9-speed transmission problems are caused by improper design and/or calibration of the software in control of the transmission, including the transmission and powertrain control modules.

Then in July 2023, the transmission allegedly “bucked, lagged, illuminated a warning light, shifted into neutral without driver input, and prevented the vehicle’s drive gear from being engaged.”

The plaintiffs took their vehicle to a Honda dealer where technicians found “the transmission had internal gear failure,” and the 9-speed automatic transmission was replaced.

The Honda transmission problems cost the plaintiffs $7,619 out-of-pocket for repairs, but allegedly the same defective 9-speed transmission components were installed.

According to the class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs assert the transmission problems remain.

The lcomplaint  alleges Honda knows about 9-speed transmission problems because the automaker issued a service campaign and multiple technical service bulletins to dealerships. The Honda bulletins allegedly describe symptoms of a transmission programming defect in ZF 9HP transmissions.

The actions by Honda included alleged repairs for the transmission problems, but the lawsuit alleges the repairs do not fix the 9-speed transmission problems.   See

The Honda 9-speed transmission class action lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California: Kevin Moore v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., et al.

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