Consumer Alerts

Recalls and other widespread problems with cars and trucks are in the news more than ever. There are some common issues we have seen as well — if your vehicle may be affected, call us for a free consultation and case review.

BMW Oil Consumption

Do you own or leased a model year 2014 or newer BMW? Are you aware of BMW's specifications for oil consumption in these vehicles?

According to BMW, these engines can use up one quart of motor oil every 750 miles. That means on every second or third time you fill up with gas, you would also have to add a quart of oil.

BMW confirmed this specification in a statement to Consumer Reports, but it was never disclosed to the consumers who bought and leased these vehicles.

BMW's M vehicles can use even more oil — up to 2.2 quarts every 1,000 miles!

If you believe BMW should have told you about the oil consumption specifications, contact us to review your case. Even if your particular vehicle is not using oil at that rate, you may be able to demand compensation or other relief as a class action representative.

Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta Automatic Transmission

Does your automatic Ford Focus or Fiesta shake, shudder, jerk, hesitate, or otherwise fail to respond in traffic? Does it occur most often when going from first to second gear?

Hundreds of Ford Focus and Fiesta owners have brought lawsuits against Ford in California because of defects in the "DPS6" automatic transmission.

We are experienced with this problem and have assisted several owners and lessees to obtain refunds and compensation for these vehicles from Ford. Call us to discuss your situation with an attorney and find out whether you have a case.

Takata Air Bags

More than 28 million vehicles in the U.S. have been recalled due to air bags manufactured by Takata, which can rupture and cause severe injury. At least 13 people worldwide have died due to this defect. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that as many as 40 million additional vehicles with these air bags would be recalled.

The danger from these air bags is increased in older vehicles, and in climates with high humidity and high heat. The recalls include vehicles from Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Ram, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Many owners of these vehicles under recall have been told that parts are not available, and that it may take months or even years for the dangerous air bags to be replaced.

If your vehicle has been recalled for a Takata air bag, call us to discuss the status of the recall and your options under the law.

Upon notice of recall, bring the vehicle immediately to your dealer for replacement. Find out how soon the recall can be done. If you don't feel safe driving your car in the meantime, the dealer should provide a free loaner vehicle until the air bag is replaced.

Several class action lawsuits have been filed across the country for the Takata air bag problem. If you are a class member and do not take action to "opt out," this may prevent you from bringing your case individually.

Asserting Your Consumer Rights

You have the right to a safe vehicle and for covered defects to be repaired promptly. To ensure you are treated fairly and protected as a consumer, contact our office to speak with an attorney. There is no charge for consultation or case review.