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Do Dealers Have to Disclose a Lemon Before Re-selling?

Can A Dealership Sell You a Former Lemon? Yes, under California law, vehicles that were re-purchased by the dealer as lemons can be re-sold to consumers. These vehicles are typically referred to as Lemon Law buybacks or warranty returns, and there are rules regarding how the dealer goes about re-selling them. Below we review the...read more

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Kia Recalls Nearly 380,000 Vehicles for Potential Fire Risk

Similar to a recent recall by Hyundai, Kia is recalling nearly 380,000 of its vehicles due to potential engine fire risks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHRSA), the following Kia vehicles are included in the recall: Short-Circuited Engines in Kia Vehicles The issue is due to a possible short circuit in the hydraulic electronic...read more

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Hyundai Tucson Expands Recall for Engine Fire Risk

Last September, the South Korean auto manufacturer, Hyundai, issued a recall for certain 2019-2021 models of Tucson crossover SUVs due to an electrical short in the car’s computer that could potentially start fires, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The initial recall was for about 180,000 vehicle models. In January, however, the...read more

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NHTSA Alleges Tesla Touchscreen Failures Pose Safety Concerns

Tesla is one of the latest automakers on the radar of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The government agency, which regulates the safety of American roads and automobiles, is alleging that certain Tesla models are equipped with faulty touchscreen displays that could reduce safety. A Safety Concern for Tesla Drivers The vehicles in question are...read more

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Troublesome Alfa Romeo Stelvio Vehicles Recalled for Numerous Defects

Naturally, many people who buy “luxury vehicles” expect them to be beautiful, high-performance, durable, and equipped with high-quality features. Yet, even the newest and best-in-class vehicles can prove to be troublesome. That seems to be the case with some of the latest Alfa Romeo vehicles, including the 2018 Stelvio which has been recalled by the National...read more

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Do I Have a Lemon Vehicle If My Car Was Recalled?

While a recalled vehicle and a lemon have similarities, they are viewed quite differently under the law. What Is a Recall? It is important first to understand how a recall is determined on a national level. When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) deems that a specific vehicle, part, or add-on is no longer meeting the...read more

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What If My Manufacturer Won’t Refund or Replace my Vehicle?

As a vehicle owner, you should understand the legal rights you have and the responsibilities of your vehicle’s manufacturer. In California, lemon law protects you from being sold and stuck with a vehicle that has a defective part. If you have the original warranty, the vehicle manufacturer must attempt to repair the vehicle a “reasonable” number of...read more

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General Motors Class Action Alleges Engine Oil Guzzling Defect

General Motors was hit with a certified class action lawsuit earlier this year. The lawsuit was originally dismissed in 2017 before the plaintiffs amended their complaint, which now alleges that the Gen IV Vortec 5300 engines, used in 2010-2014 vehicles, have defects that cause excessive oil consumption and damage the entire engine. Safety Concerns and Fraudulent...read more

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Manufacturer Defect vs. Owner Negligence

One minute, your car is running better than ever; the next, you’re sitting on the shoulder waiting for roadside assistance. When you finally get your vehicle in the shop, you find out that a vital part of the engine is malfunctioning (again). At this point, you feel like a manufacturer defect is messing with your car, but...read more

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What Are The Risks of Buying a Car With an Open Recall?

Buying a used car is like treasure hunting, sometimes you find the deal, and other times you walk away empty-handed. If you’ve ever browsed used vehicles, you know there are plenty of potential pitfalls when searching for the right one. Today, Norman Taylor & Associates will discuss one pitfall in particular: open recalls. What Is an Open...read more

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Car of the Month – Audi 2019 e-Tron – Recall Problems

2019 Audi e-Tron Recall It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to have production line problems. However, it can be disappointing when you learn that the vehicle you just purchased or leased has been recalled. Not only can this be an inconvenience, many times, it’s also a safety issue that needs to be rectified sooner than later....read more

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