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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

 

Have you purchased any of these products? If so, please contact the law firm listed at the bottom of this email.

PocketHose, FlexABLE hose or XHose Pro. Flexible hoses appear to not work as promised or fail completely soon after purchase. The hoses may explode, tear or fail to recoil after only a few uses. Although the manufacturers advertise a money-back guarantee, complaining customers are only offered a replacement hose rather than a return of their purchase price.

Ford Water Pumps. Owners/lessees and certain prior owners/lessees of Ford vehicles containing a Duratec 35 engine should be aware of a potential safety defect relating to the water pump in the cooling system. If the water pump fails, the engine can overheat. Often, this occurs without warning. Significant overheating can cause engine failure, with engine replacement costing thousands of dollars. Also, it can cost thousands of dollars to replace just the water pump because it is located in the engine’s interior. This problem has the potential to affect all model year 2007-2014 Ford vehicles containing a Duratec 35 (3.5 liter) engine, including: 2007-2014 Ford Edge, 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX, 2007-2014 Lincoln MKZ, 2008-2014 Ford Taurus, 2008-2009 Ford Taurus X, 2008-2009 Mercury Sable, 2009-2004 Ford Flex, 2012-2012 Ford Fusion Sport, and 2011-2014 Ford Explorer.

Honda Accord Door Locks. Owners/lessees and certain prior owners/lessees of Honda Accord vehicles should be aware of a potential defect that causes the vehicle’s door lock mechanisms to fail shortly after the warranty period has expired.  Owners whose cars suffer from the defect may begin to notice that the locks “stick,” or do not immediately respond to the remote door opener.  Eventually the locks will fail completely and will require installation of new door lock mechanisms.  Honda has refused to cover the cost of repairs, which average about $400 per lock.

Jeep Airbags. Owners/lessees and certain prior owners/lessees of Jeep Liberty (model year 2002-2003), Jeep Grand Cherokee (model year 2002-2004) and Dodge Viper (model year 2003-2004) should be aware of an airbag defect. The defect involves the electronic circuits inside the airbag control module. The defect can cause the airbag to suddenly and unexpectedly deploy while the vehicle is being driven under even normal circumstances. Chrysler announced a recall in January 2013, but has only recently begun to offer replacement parts to fix the defect. It is not yet clear whether the replacements will fix the defect. In addition to creating a serious risk of injury, the defect is likely to cause vehicle owners to incur out of pocket expenses and experience diminished value for their vehicles.

Samsung Chromebooks. Laptops manufactured by Samsung appear to suffer from a manufacturing defect that causes the screen to crack and fail shortly after purchase and through no fault of the consumer. Samsung refuses to repair or replace the computer as required by its one-year warranty.

Toyota Vehicles. Owners/lessees of various model year 2006-2011 Toyota vehicles should be aware of the manufacturing defect described below. The problem may impact both (1) current owners and lessees of these vehicles and (2) former owners/lessees who no longer own these vehicles but incurred out-of-pocket expenses in repairing damages arising from the defect. Class Vehicles use a common 2.4L 4-cylinder short block engine.  Our investigation indicates that a subset of the engines was manufactured by an unidentified supplier that failed to manufacture the engines’ piston rings to specifications.  Due to this defect, a subset of Class Vehicles will eventually begin to lose oil through the rings’ oversized openings, causing engine parts to “grind” and, eventually, the engine to seize.   Necessary repairs may include an engine overhaul, component replacement, or, total engine replacement costing upwards of $8,000. Vehicles that may be affected include these Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS) numbers. (Vehicle Descriptor Section numbers are the 4th-8th figures in your car's Vehicle Identification Number-VIN).

  • 2007-2011 Camry Hybrid Vehicles, Engines: 2AZ, VDS: BB3EK, BB46K
  • 2007-2009 Camry, Engine(s): 2AZ, VDS: BE46K
  • 2009 Corolla, Engines: 2AZ, VDS: BE40E
  • 2009 Matrix, Engines: 2AZ, VDS: GE40E, KE40E, LE40E
  • 2006-2008 RAV4, Engine(s): 2AZ, VDS: BD31V, BD32V, BD33V, BD34V, BD35V, ZD31V, ZD32V, ZD33V, ZD34V, ZD35V
  • 2007-2008 Solara, Engines: 2AZ, VDS: CE30P

If you are interested in any of these potential class action cases, please contact Bryan L. Clobes of the Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel law firm by phone at 215-864-2800 or by email at [email protected].

 

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