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Ford issues steering wheel recall

If you thought your automaker would never steer you wrong - think again. Ford Motor Company issued a recall recently for 1.4 million vehicles due to a risk of steering wheel detachment, according to the Wall Street Journal. The recall affects the 2014-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars in North America. If you own a vehicle covered in this recall, it is important to understand your rights as a consumer and how to replace the defective steering wheel.

What's the problem?

One in ten crashes caused by drowsy driving

A recent AAA study has found that one in ten car crashes is caused by a sleepy or sleeping driver. Researchers analyzed the faces of drivers caught on dashboard cameras moments before accidents happened. They calculated how long a person’s eyes stayed closed to determine how drowsy they were. From this, they concluded 10 percent of car crashes are due to driver fatigue.

Elevated crash rates

Exploding sunroofs: Are you at risk?

Many car buyers specifically look for vehicles with a sunroof. Sunroofs range from standard size to panoramic in size and provide increased sunlight and stunning views while enjoying a family road trip.

Unfortunately, there are numerous reports that these windows come with a surprising risk -- explosion.

The largest series of recalls in history is focused on airbags

Your airbag is an essential safety tool for you and your family. It is supposed to inflate within a fraction of a second when you are in an accident to protect you from injuries. For 69 million car owners, however, that is not the case as their airbags are subject to a massive recall. Finding out your car may be unsafe be very frightening. You need to take action to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata recently added 3.3 million faulty airbag inflators to its recall list, bringing the grand total to 69 million vehicles recalled. An airbag's usefulness stems from the speed that it inflates, which is generated by a chemical reaction that fills the bag with air via a small explosion. Unfortunately, improperly designed airbag inflators can fracture, putting drivers and passengers at substantial risk.  This is the largest series of automotive related recalls in US history.

Attorney Roseman Joining Consumer Justice Lobby Day 2017

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, I will be meeting with Pennsylvania and West Virginia U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives and their staff for Consumer Justice Lobby Day 2017. The event is hosted by the National Consumer Law Center and National Association of Consumer Advocates. For Consumer Justice Lobby Day, we will be speaking with Members of Congress and their staff to advocate for the rights of consumers. The National Association of Consumer Advocates is a nationwide organization of more than 1,500 attorneys who represent and have represented hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive and predatory business practices. I am the West Virginia State Co-Chair for the National Association of Consumer Advocates and have been a presenter for several National Consumer Law Center conferences.

Loss of Power and Electronic Throttle Control Problems in Ram EcoDiesel 1500 Trucks

Ram truck photo reduced.jpgFCA has a severe problem with the 2015 and 2016 Ram EcoDiesel 1500 trucks, and it goes way beyond the current class action for emissions cheating. My clients have been into dealerships with their Ram EcoDiesel 1500 trucks in limp mode or severe loss of power, check engine light on and the service electronic throttle control error message. This would be bad enough as a one-time issue, but these trucks have been in the shop in 3, 4 or more times for the exact same problem.

After the Hurricanes, Expect a Flood of Flooded Cars

The devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida are expected to result in approximately 500,000 cars declared a total loss due to flood damage. A vehicle declared a total loss by insurance should be disclosed to any potential buyer as a salvage title due to flood damage. The problem is that many cars with a salvage title will be taken to other states and, through creative paperwork or contacts in the DMV, the salvage brand won't appear on the title after the car is transferred out of state. Another way that a flood vehicle can end up for sale without a salvage title is if the insurance company sells the vehicle directly without taking title, or if a car dealership sells a flooded car directly because it didn't have insurance for flooded cars.

What you can do

Ohio Dealer Ordered To Refund WV Buyer's Money For Frame Damaged Car

lemon_blog2.jpgA Court in Summit County, Ohio recently ordered an Ohio car dealership to refund the entire purchase price for a car sold with frame damage to my client from West Virginia. The dealership sold a 2009 Nissan Murano for over $15,000. When my client tried to trade the car to another dealership months later, he was given a car history report that listed frame damage.

Learn About Your Options for the Ford Transmission Class Action Settlement


Many Ford owners recently received notices for class action settlement for 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicles with a dual clutch automatic transmission. The clutches in these vehicles have been known to be faulty for years. Ford previously extended the warranty coverage on certain transmission parts but still does not have a permanent or effective repair.

Understanding the New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rule on Arbitration and Class Actions

The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau just adopted a new rule affecting class action clauses and mandatory arbitration. The new rule prohibits class action bans in arbitration clauses by financial service firms in consumer contracts and requires reporting of results of individual arbitrations. Arbitration and class action bans appear in most consumer contracts for services such as credit cards, banking, car loans, internet providers and cell phones but most consumers do not realize the impact or even the existence of these clauses in contracts.


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