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Class-Action Corvette Lawsuit Given Go Ahead by Federal Judge

A federal judge has ruled to allow a class-action lawsuit against General Motors, regarding warranty and fraud consumer-rights claims of GM’s Corvette Z06, to go forward. Attorneys representing vehicle owners state the automobile manufacture knowingly sold the vehicle with a defective cooling system causing the engine to overheat suddenly making it dangerous on the road and on the track, contrary to the manufacture’s insistence that it is a track-proven car.

Vehicle owners of the Corvette Z06 are also being represented by the law firms Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, the Miller Law Firm, and Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen.

On March 29, 2019 Judge Victoria A Robert issued an order supporting plaintiffs’ rights under the state laws in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.

Corvette Z06 models with the defective cooling system enter what is called “limp-mode” after several minutes of track use. Power is reduced causing the vehicle to be unable to maintain safe speeds with other cars on the track.

“After nearly two years of litigation we are happy that the court agreed with our position that this case can proceed forward. More importantly, the judge found that our allegations coupled with GM’s own public statement make it reasonable to infer GM knew of the overheating defect prior to the release of the C7 Corvette Z06” said Jason Weisser.

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Response to the Z06 is Disappointing, as is the Car’s Performance Under the Heat

Despite the hype and anticipation for the release of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which was introduced to the public in the 2015 model year and quickly purchased by nearly 30,000 customers for an average of $100,000, a recent lawsuit is showing that the General Motors’ “world-class supercar” is far from.

The lawsuit could cost GM several millions of dollars. It alleges that the engine cannot handle more than a few laps at top speeds. It overheats quickly, especially in warm temperatures, and customers have found themselves disappointed in the damage done to their brand new vehicles after they overheated without warning. Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A.’s own Jason Weisser is one of the three lawyers who filed the suit in June, 2017.

“This defect is unacceptable for customers who own a Z06,” says Weisser, one of the thousands of Z06 owners.

More than the damage done to their cars, which GM has offered to temporarily fix—there is no way to permanently fix this problem, Weisser says, due to “bad design”—the sudden deceleration is dangerous even at highway speeds. This vehicle is a bad accident waiting to happen.

GM’s attempts to update the engine for the 2017 release failed. Again, warm temperatures strike down everything that is supposed to be powerful about the car. Speculation about designing the engine in 110 degrees to fix the problem has been shot down among claims that the “pro driver at 86 degrees” method has worked sufficiently in the past. Further, GM believes this accommodation would make the engine bigger, resulting in more drag and a less-appealing appearance.

Weisser doesn’t accept this as an appropriate response, as sports car enthusiasts are now watching Camaros, which engineers have managed to design without any similar flaws, surpass the Corvette in performance. Weisser wants the company to do one of two things: purchase the car back from its customers, or offer exchanges. Each Z06 has lost immense resale value, any Z06 that has overheated is damaged, and each and every one is a dangerous high-speed accident waiting to happen.

Companies who don’t deliver on promises can be frustrating, financially debilitating, and even deadly. If you’re dealing with a car defect that has damaged your vehicle or resulted in an accident, contact an attorney with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. You can reach our offices at (561) 689-8180.

UPDATE: Class-Action Lawsuit Representing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Owners Given Go Ahead by Federal Judge

Fiat Chrysler to pay $70M fine for failing to report accidents

Multinational vehicle manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently agreed to a settlement of $70 million for not fully reporting accidents linked to their vehicles, Reuters reported on December 9.

According to reports, Fiat Chrysler was fined after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation found negligence in reporting deaths, injuries, and other car accidents involving Chrysler vehicles. Early this year, Fiat Chrysler explained to federal investigators that they failed to report incidents due to problems affecting their database. However the automaker also said in September that they are coordinating with the NHTSA to address the issue and that they are handling the matter seriously.

Back in July, Fiat Chrysler paid a fine of $105 million for the way the company dealt with two dozen recalls affecting 11 million vehicles.

If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, the attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. are prepared to represent you as you move forward with your product liability claim. Call our offices today at (561) 689-8180 to discuss your case today.

High rates of vehicle recalls continue

In what would later become a record-setting year for vehicle recalls, the automotive industry recalled over 49 million cars and trucks in just the first seven months of 2014. A year later, the Wall Street Journal reports that more than 34.5 million vehicles have been recalled over just the first seven months of this year. By all indications, the total number of recalls that will eventually be made in 2015 will be second only to last year’s staggering totals.

Though it is difficult to fathom how such an extensive range of vehicles could be made subject to recall over so brief a period of time, these recalls may be more indicative of the comprehensive efforts federal regulators are now taking to identify and resolve safety issues before they cause any further damage. Now that carmakers are under a higher degree of scrutiny, these companies have been more amenable to governmental audits that look into the safety of their products.

This is a significant shift in the way federal regulators operate; in the years leading up to these record-breaking rounds of recalls, regulators typically depended on the automotive industry to report safety defects and initiate recalls. While the more proactive stance will likely help to improve vehicle safety in our country, serious manufacturing and design defects are likely to continue to be recalled in the foreseeable future.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident that was caused by a defect, you should speak with one of the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. to begin assessing what legal claim you have to compensation. To speak with an attorney in West Palm Beach about the particulars of your accident, please call our West Palm Beach offices at (561) 689-8180 today.

Dodge Chargers recalled for airbags with defective deployment

In the wake of the largest automotive recall in history due to faulty Takata airbags, Fiat Chrysler is now issuing a recall of Dodge Chargers made in 2011-2014 for another airbag defect, according to Autoweek on August 3.

A defect in manufacturing causes the side airbag to suddenly deploy when the door is slammed or kicked closed. Around 300,000 cars are affected by the recall in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that “heavy road inputs” may also cause the airbags to deploy. Previously, Fiat Chrysler had the same airbag defect in their Ram trucks.

The company is aware of at least three separate instances of the side-curtain airbag deploying and causing injury. All cases of injuries were minor in nature. However, this type of defect has the potential to cause serious accidents and injuries if the airbags were to deploy while the car was in motion.

The defective part can be replaced at the dealer level since the fix requires a recalibration of the Occupant Restraint Control. The replacement service will be free of charge to customers.

It is frustrating when a product causes you injury through no fault of your own. The injuries associated with car accidents are significant and can leave you with expensive medical bills. If you or someone you know was injured due to an auto defect, contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., to speak with a West Palm Beach attorney about the compensation for which you may be eligible. Call (561) 689-8180 today for more information about how our automotive defect lawyers can help you.

Nissan expands recall after woman is injured by exploding airbag

Nissan is adding 45,000 smaller vehicles to a previous recall following a Louisiana woman’s injuries in one of their vehicles, according to a CBS DFW article on April 16. Allegedly, the woman was injured by flying metal shrapnel after her passenger airbag exploded.

In November, 2014, Nissan recalled 52,000 of their vehicles due to faulty airbag inflation mechanisms made by Takata. Nissan is one of 10 different automakers who have recalled over 22 million vehicles worldwide for similar airbag issues.

An attorney for the Louisiana victim said that her injuries raise the question of whether more vehicles with Takata airbags should be added to this expansive recall.

It is the responsibility of auto manufacturers to ensure that their vehicles are safe before making it into the hands of consumers. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a vehicle defect, the skilled product liability attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., in West Palm Beach may be able to help you fight for compensation to cover any damages. To learn more about how an attorney can help you, please call our offices in West Palm Beach at (561) 689-8180 today.

Takata airbag allegedly injured Florida driver

A Takata airbag is being blamed for the neck injuries sustained by a Florida driver last March, Reuters reported on April 10.

According to reports, an owner of a later model of a Honda Civic vehicle underwent a neck operation to extract metal bits that emitted from the exploding airbag. Reports also indicate that the victim plans to file a lawsuit. Though the federal auto safety stated that they have not confirmed if the driver’s injuries were caused by a Takata airbag, Honda began investigating the incident a few days ago. Takata stated that they are assisting Honda in determining the cause of the claim. Several deaths have already been linked to the faulty Takata airbags installed in Honda vehicles.

The skilled legal team of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. helps people in West Palm Beach who believe they have been injured by faulty vehicles. If you think this happened to you or to a loved one, we may possibly help you recover your loss by pursuing damage claims from negligent manufacturers. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your legal options.

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