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Another Big GM Recall

The Associated Press recently reported that General Motors Co. is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide. Hard not to think, “Here we go again.” This recall was rooted in a defect with the heated windshield wiper fluid system that when it goes bad could eventually lead to a fire. This recall affects several pick up trucks,...read more

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Luxury Cars Can Be Lemons Too

Luxury cars pride themselves on being the benchmark of luxury and precision engineering, but just like any other make of cars, luxury vehicles can be defective. In 2004 Cadillac sent its dealers at least 663 repair bulletins (called “Technical Service Bulletins”), telling dealers how to try to fix problems in the 2004 vehicles of all...read more

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Buying a Car Out of State – Beware of Lemons

In these tough economic times the cost of buying, insuring and maintaining a new vehicle can become prohibitive. One way consumers have found to save on the cost of a new car is to buy the vehicle out of state to avoid the sales tax. This practice does have a major drawback since the California...read more

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GM Sued Under Lemon Law

While Toyota is definitely taking the brunt of recalls lately, other vehicle manufacturers have troubles of their own: GM is currently being sued over a 2009 Chevrolet. The owner of the Chevrolet claims he experienced repeated problems that caused him to fear for his safety. This is not the first time GM has been sued...read more

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Recalls of Defective Vehicles Underscores Lemon Law Value

Just as it seemed as though the hullabaloo about defective vehicle recalls was dying down, Toyota has added two new models to the list: the Lexus GX 460 and the Land Cruiser Prado. The recall came just hours after Toyota agreed to pay the largest fine ever imposed by the government against an automaker. This...read more

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Lemon Recalls Make Car Buying a Risky Business

Twenty years ago, nearly everyone bought their new cars directly from a dealership and only those that were driving a car for business purposes were leasing their vehicles. And now that the credit crunch appears to be easing a little, leasing of vehicles is picking up again. With so many vehicles to choose from, options...read more

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Lemon Law Covers All Consumer Products Under Warranty

The California Lemon Law, part of The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, applies to all consumer products purchased for personal use. Although it is most often associated with defective vehicles, the Act provides warranty protections to purchasers and lessees of both new and used consumer goods. A consumer good is virtually any product purchased by an...read more

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Lemon Law Judgment Against Mercedes-Benz

Buying a “lemon,” a car with a defect that cannot be repaired, is often thought to be a problem with used cars. The recent judgment against Mercedes-Benz USA LLC for $482,000 in damages and legal fees to a Wisconsin customer, tells a different story. This is believed to be the largest judgment involving a single...read more

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Despite Publicity, California Lemon Law Still Needed for Toyota Owners

Despite massive publicity about an obvious—and potentially life-threatening—vehicle defect, it seems that some dealers will still try to wrangle out of taking care of it for consumers. Such occurrences highlight the continuing need for California Lemon Law. According to a recent news story published on the web site of television station CBS 5 in San...read more

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California Lemon Law: Should It Apply to Toyota?

A Sacramento, California-based consumer advocacy group called CARS (Consumers for Automobile Reliability and Safety) is arguing that Toyota Motor Corporation should buy back models with the highly-publicized unexpected acceleration problem as lemon law buy-backs. So far, Toyota has not taken this measure with their customers, instead urging them to bring the affected cars to dealerships...read more

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