Mitsubishi has launched two separate safety campaigns affecting certain Lancer and Outlander vehicles manufactured between 2009-2011.
Safety Campaign 15V-232 (SR-15-002): An inappropriate manufacturing process of certain electrical parts within the ETACS ECU may result in a high electrical resistance and unstable voltage within the system. Loss of headlights, windshield wipers, and tail lights could result, reducing drivers visibility, and increasing the risk of an accident. Drivers will be warned of an ETACS malfunction through an illuminating engine and/or brake warning lamp. Continue reading
Certain 2015 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles with low line electrical architecture and halogen headlights may not conform to FMVSS 108 (Lamps, Reflective Devices, And Associated Equipment). According to the defect report filed with the NHTSA, the software within the control module is programmed to turn off the low beam headlights when the high beams are activated. This noncompliance could cause insufficient lighting, reducing the driver’s vision and increasing the chance of an accident. Continue reading
Approximately twelve thousand 2015 Dodge Challenger owners will be contacted by Chrysler to return to their dealership for an instrument cluster software update. Due to an undersized microprocessor circuit trace, the current software in these vehicles could cause the instrument panel to reset and fail to perform a “bulb check” at start-up. The result would be an inoperative instrument cluster at start up that may last several minutes, the Vehicle Theft Alarm will remain illuminated, and the gauges may oscillate at zero. If the cluster becomes inoperative while driving, it could increase the risk of an accident. Continue reading
Hyundai will be asking the owners of certain 2011 Equus and 2009–2011 Genesis cars to return their vehicles to a manufacturer approved repair facility for a safety problem affecting the braking system. According to reports filed with the NHTSA website, diode failure within the stop lamp circuit could result in the lights becoming inoperative. If the stop lamps are not working, a following vehicle may not recognize that the vehicle is slowing or stopping, increasing the chance of a rear end crash. Owners wanting more information about the problem are asked to contact Hyundai customer service at 1-714-865-3920. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 125 and the NHTSA Campaign number is 14V713.
The Law Offices of Delsack & Associates, P.C. recently helped the owner of a 2011 Kia Sorento obtain a vehicle buyback under the California Lemon Law. Prior to contacting us, he had given his dealership eight (8) opportunities to repair the defects and had complained to the service manager many times, but the vehicle was still not repaired. The defects included engine and other manufacturing non-conformities which caused the vehicle to stall under normal operating conditions and repeated problems with the ignition system and electrical system which would result in a no start condition and the check engine light to remain on. Continue reading
Approximately two months after purchasing his new 2010 Cadillac SRX, the vehicle owner had already returned his truck to a GMC dealership for its first repair attempt. He subsequently provided GMC fifteen (15) more opportunities to repair the defect before he decided to contact the Law Offices of Delsack & Associates, P.C. to demand the repurchase of his vehicle under the California Lemon Law. Continue reading
Ford will be asking owners of some 2013–2014 Escape SUV’s and 2013–2014 Focus ST cars, equipped with 2.0 litre engines, to return their vehicles to a Ford dealership to repair a problem that could result in the engine hesitating and stalling.
According to reports filed at the NHTSA website, a splice in the engine wiring harness may have not been sufficiently crimped. The innsufficient crimp could result in a high resistance to the engine sensor circuits, causing the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) to illuminate, reduced engine power, hesitation, rough running, or stalling without warning. An unexpected engine stall could increase the risk of an accident. Continue reading
The owner of a 2010 Jaguar KF contacted us in October 2010 about problems she was having with her new car. She purchased the vehicle in December 2009 and had already given a Jaguar dealer at least six (6) opportunities to correct defects. These flaws included electrical system problems, a defective computer system, no start condition, defective instrument cluster, defective lighting system, defective water pump, and the SES light remains on. Continue reading