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Class Action Against Ford Alleges Harmful Carbon Monoxide Exposure; Lemon Laws Included
What is the status of ongoing litigation against car manufacturers in the U.S.? 

Carbon monoxide carries the dual-risk of being not only one of the most fatal gases to humans, but also one of the most undetectable. Accordingly, several New Jersey plaintiffs have launched a putative class action lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company following the detection of the gas within the vehicle while driving – an allegation the company has vehemently denied publicly, yet allegedly admitted to in private depositions. 

The New Jersey class action was filed in state court in May, 2015, and was removed to the federal court system on July 2, 2015. According to the complaint, the lawsuit involves 2011-2015 Ford Explorers, Edge and MKX models from 2011-2013 with 3.5L and 3.7L TIVCT engines.
Factual allegations against Ford

In a class action, there are generally a handful of plaintiffs chosen as
- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/07/21/Consumer-Protection/Class-Action-Against-Ford-Alleges-Harmful-Carbon-Monoxide-Exposure;-Lemon-Laws-Included_bl20543.htm#sthash.fsGlKu8f.dpuf

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Attorney Timothy Abeel Wins Lemon Law Case Against Toyota
What are my options if a brand new vehicle is emitting an odd odor from the air vents? 


At Timothy Abeel and Associates, we work tirelessly on behalf of our clients – no matter how many times the manufacturer insists nothing is wrong. As experienced practitioners of Lemon Law cases, we have fine-tuned our practice to offer the area’s leading representation against manufacturers that refuse to correct defects in their automobiles, as was the case in one of our recent victories against Toyota Motor Sales. If you are experiencing a situation to that described below, be sure to contact our office right away for help in recovering the costs of repairing your vehicle. 
Attorney Abeel demands compensation from obstinate manufacturer 

Prior to our recent victory versus Toyota, the plaintiff in the case was
- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/07/13/Lemon-Law/Attorney-Timothy-Abeel-Wins-Lemon-Law-Case-Against-Toyota_bl20201.htm#sthash.B6o17a3w.dpuf

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4 Reasons Why You Need a Lemon Law Attorney
My new car is acting up already. Should I contact a lawyer, or just take it back to the dealer? 


In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, new car owners are protected from ‘lemons’ under the states’ applicable Lemon Laws. These laws are designed to ensure both domestic and foreign manufacturers are adhering to proper protocol and – most importantly – protecting consumers from unsafe and defective machines. 

If you recently purchased a new automobile in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, and are already experiencing an issue, you need a Lemon Law attorney for the following reasons: 
- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/06/22/Auto-Recalls/4-Reasons-Why-You-Need-a-Lemon-Law-Attorney_bl19840.htm#sthash.jT6TtrhV.dpuf

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4 Reasons Why You Need a Lemon Law Attorney
My new car is acting up already. Should I contact a lawyer, or just take it back to the dealer? 


In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, new car owners are protected from ‘lemons’ under the states’ applicable Lemon Laws. These laws are designed to ensure both domestic and foreign manufacturers are adhering to proper protocol and – most importantly – protecting consumers from unsafe and defective machines. 

If you recently purchased a new automobile in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, and are already experiencing an issue, you need a Lemon Law attorney for the following reasons: 
- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/06/30/Auto-Recalls/4-Reasons-Why-You-Need-a-Lemon-Law-Attorney_bl19840.htm#sthash.qAVBI7Qc.dpuf

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High Number of Vehicle Recalls Since 2014
How do I know if my car has been recalled?

The number of car recalls for repairs in the United States since 2014 stands at almost 100 million. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates almost 74.2 million recalls occurred in 2014. Recall industry experts estimate almost 25 million recalls for 2015. Two highly publicized recalls, Takata air bags and GM's ignition switches, boosted the number of recalls.

According to a leading report, there are roughly 254.7 million cars and trucks operating on the roads in the U.S. today. Safety is a concern because drivers often fail to bring recalled cars for repairs; one estimate is that almost 60 million vehicles with a recall are not repaired. Many vehicles have multiple recalls listed, so the actual number of vehicles affected is not readily available.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov) offers a search feature that allows you to look up

- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/06/03/Auto-Recalls/High-Number-of-Vehicle-Recalls-Since-2014_bl19516.htm#sthash.RqFUeAzh.dpuf

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Ford Recalls Almost 593,000 Vehicles
Why is Ford recalling close to 593,000 vehicles?

Ford has announced that they are recalling half a million vehicles.  While the reasons for the recalls vary, the overwhelming problem involves the power assist to the steering, making the vehicle more difficult to turn.  This dangerous defect affects Ford Fusions from 2013 to 2015, Lincoln MKZ sedans from the same years, and the 2015 Ford Edge.  The bolts used to fasten the steering system in place are prone to rust, particularly in cold weather climates where the cold winters and salted roads make the automobiles more susceptible to corrosion.  To save money, the recall is limited to states with cold climates, even though a consumer might have purchased a new car in Alabama in anticipation of a move to Massachusetts.  

Two, much smaller recalls have also been issued by Ford.  Approximately 50,000 Fords, including

- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/06/01/Auto-Recalls/Ford-Recalls-Almost-593,000-Vehicles_bl19327.htm#sthash.56zSxUq6.dpuf

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Couple Seeks Justice After Purchase of Ford Fiesta
What should people do if they buy a lemon?

Kristine Kovacs of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is at her wits end with the Ford Motor Company.  Soon after she purchased her brand new Ford Fiesta in October of 2013, she and her husband repeatedly returned to the dealership due to transmission problems.  Sometimes the car hesitates when she tries to pull onto a road.  Sometimes the car lurches.  Kovacs says she has almost been involved in multiple accidents.  “If I had another one to drive, this one would be parked.  I won’t go on a highway with it.”  

When Kovacs and her husband attempted to get the problem resolved through Ford’s corporate office in April, they were promised a rental car while Ford repaired the transmission, but calls to follow up on the offer were unreturned.  The Kovacs family has since retained an attorney to file a claim under Pennsylvania’s lemon law.  Lemon laws are designed to protect consumers who purchase or lease vehicles with quality issues.  

The Kovacs’ experience is hardly unique.  As of May 6, 2015, 231 complaints had been filed with

- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/06/01/Auto-Recalls/Couple-Seeks-Justice-After-Purchase-of-Ford-Fiesta_bl19328.htm#sthash.WY5mFY0B.dpuf

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Understanding Express and Implied Warranties When Used Car Shopping
I recently purchased a used vehicle in Pennsylvania after the dealer promised me that the parts were “like new.” One month later, the fuel system and transmission needed to be replaced. What can I do? 


Under Pennsylvania laws, buyers and sellers of used automobiles are typically bound by the language contained in the purchase agreement. During any sale for the purchase of goods, sellers often make promises – known as “express warranties” – that may be binding upon proof of the conversation. However, in most scenarios, it is difficult for parties to prove exactly what was said at the time of purchase – prompting most courts to rely solely on the written language in the agreement. 

Express warranties that are listed in the purchase agreement will be binding on the seller, regardless of what the he or she claims was said during the exchange. In this scenario, an express warranty guaranteeing “like new” parts will undoubtedly work in the favor of the buyer in the event of a breakdown shortly after purchase. If the warrant contains a time or mileage limit, this will control over any oral promises to contrary as well. 

One crucial component of a used car purchase agreement is the
- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/05/18/Consumer-Protection/Understanding-Express-and-Implied-Warranties-When-Used-Car-Shopping_bl19217.htm#sthash.L6jxXMMx.dpuf

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Legislation Would Protect Consumers from Giving Up Their Right to Sue
Can a consumer who bought a defective automobile be required to waive the right to bring a lawsuit under the New Jersey Lemon Law?

All too often, consumer contracts make it hard for purchasers to bring an action for fraud, breach of contract or other wrongdoing by a seller. When buying a new or used automobile, consumers are sometimes required to waive their rights to file a lawsuit and instead must accept provisions forcing them to resolve disputes through arbitration.

A recent New Jersey bill would change that. The proposed amendment to the state's Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act would bar consumer contracts from limiting a consumer's right to sue without the consumer's permission. Among other rights that could not be waived or limited in a consumer contract under the proposed bill, consumers would retain their right to bring lawsuits under the New Jersey Lemon Law, the Consumer Fraud Act and other federal and state consumer protection statutes.

The new law would penalize stores and dealers

- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/04/28/Consumer-Protection/Legislation-Would-Protect-Consumers-from-Giving-Up-Their-Right-to-Sue_bl18862.htm#sthash.AN3JnIOj.dpuf

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Honda CR-V Vibration Problem Has the Potential for Lemon Law Claims
What type of problem can be the basis for a lemon law claim?

With the great advances in the automotive field, it is always hard to believe when there is a mass defect in a certain type of vehicle or part. Unfortunately, this happens more than we realize and affects some of the most widely purchased brands. For example, in the recent past, certain Toyota vehicles were defective in a way that made them accelerate on their own. This was very dangerous and led to multiple deaths. If a vehicle is defective, the consumer may have a lemon law claim, even if the defect is a widespread one affecting many different vehicles of the same make or model.

One of the world’s most popular automakers, Honda, is currently experiencing a

- See more at: http://timothyabeel.com/lawyer/2015/03/13/Lemon-Law/Honda-CR-V-Vibration-Problem-Has-the-Potential-for-Lemon-Law-Claims_bl18044.htm#sthash.OLI5F22G.dpuf
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