Monday, August 27, 2018

Land Rover: New "Pet Packs" For Your SUV

On National Dog Day, August 26, 2018, Land Rover announced a line of pet accessories which will be available this winter for each and every model of their vehicles.

Owners can chose from 3 “pet packs” available, or purchase each item separately.

The Pet Load Space Protection pack includes: (1) a spill-resistant water bowl, (2) a full-height luggage partition, and (3) a quilted load space liner that protects the floor, rear seatbacks, and side walls from paw prints. 

The Pet Transportation pack includes: (1) a foldable pet carrier, (2) load space rubber mat, and (3) the spill-resistant water bowl.

The Pet Car and Access Pack includes: (1) a full-height luggage partition, (2) a quilted load space liner that protects the floor, rear seatbacks, and side walls from paw prints, and (3) a ramp that helps dogs get into the load area, and (4) a portable rinse system for washing off paws. The ramp supports dogs up to 187 pounds and has a high grip tread pattern to prevent slippage. The portable rinse system holds up to 1.7 gallons of water, which Land Rover says should be enough for a five-minute shower.

Do you enjoy traveling with your pooch?  Land Rover certainly makes it easy to do so with their new line of pet accessories.

Do you have a new Land Rover that has been in the shop 3 times or at least 30 days and still isn't fixed?  If you purchased your Land Rover in Ohio or Kentucky, or had it repaired in either state, then we may be able to help you.  Feel free to call our Toll Free Hotline, 1.888.331.6422, to see if we can help you out of your defective vehicle today.



Beth Wells

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Forest River Safety Recall

Forest River, Inc. has recalled certain 2018 Surveyor travel trailer RVs with Federal Placards for the wrong tire and rim combination information.  According to Forest River, the Placards indicate ST225/75R15D Tires with 65 PSI and a rim designation of 15X6.0JJ, while the subject travel trailers actually have installed ST205/75R14C Tires with 50 PSI and a rim designation of 14X5.5JJ.

Forest River, Inc. admits that the incorrect Federal Placards could cause a consumer to over-inflate the tires, which may lead to premature tire degradation, a tire blowout, reduced handling, and potentially increase the risk of crash.   

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), Forest River, Inc. has notified owners, and will provide a new Federal Placard with will indicate the correct tire, PSI, and rim combination.  

The NHTSA Campaign Number is 18V-222. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. To read more about the recall, click here

If you have a 2018 Surveyor RV, then check to see if it is included in this recall and make sure to get it in to an authorized dealer for repair if it is.


Do you have a Forest River RV that has been in the shop repeated times for warranty repairs in Ohio or Kentucky that is still not fixed?  If so, call our Toll Free Hotline, 1.888.331.6422, to see if we can help you out of your defective RV today.


Beth Wells
www.BurdgeLaw.com
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Will Disappearing Tax Credits Impact Electrical Vehicle Sales in the Future?

Under the tax credits created during the Obama administration, new electrical vehicle purchasers can claim from $2,500 to $7,500 depending on the size of the car and its battery capacity. Each manufacturer can sell 200,000 in the US before they have to phase out out the tax credits, which are reduced by 50% every 6 months once the manufacturer hits to 200,000 vehicle mark.




Will disappearing tax credits impact electrical vehicle sales in the future?  The answer appears to be a resounding no.  Tesla has already hit 200,000 vehicles and does not show any signs of slowing down its production.  And, General Motors is expected to pass the 200,000 mark by the end of 2018.  In fact, GM is expected to have at least 20 electric model vehicles in its lineup.  Only time will tell.

And, with electrical vehicle production on the rise, lemon electrical vehicles will almost certainly be on the rise as well.    

Do you have a problem electrical vehicle that has been in the shop and still isn't fixed?  If you purchased your electrical vehicle in Ohio or Kentucky, or had it repaired in either state, then we may be able to help you.  Feel free to call our Toll Free Hotline, 1.888.331.6422, to see if we can help you out of your defective vehicle today.

Beth Wells
www.BurdgeLaw.com
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Ford Truck Rollaway Recall

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty trucks equipped with 6.2L engines and six-speed automatic transmissions. According to Ford, these transmissions may have a damaged park rod actuating plate that can result in unexpected vehicle movement even though the transmission has been shifted to “park”.  


Ford admits that unexpected vehicle movement such as a vehicle rollaway can increase the risk of a crash. Plus, these vehicles reportedly fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence/Starter Interlock/Transmission Braking Effect", and number 114, "Theft Protection."  This recall reportedly affects 48,443 trucks.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the park rod actuating plate and replace it, if necessary, free of charge. However, the parts to remedy the defect are currently unavailable. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed in April 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17C06, and the NHTSA Campaign Number is 17V112000. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. To read more about the recall, click here


If you have a Ford F250 truck, then check to see if it is included in this recall and make sure to get it in to an authorized dealer for repair if it is.

Do you have a Ford F250 that has been in the shop repeated times for warranty repairs in Ohio or Kentucky that is still not fixed?  If so, call our Toll Free Hotline, 1.888.331.6422, to see if we can help you out of your defective vehicle today.

Beth Wells
www.BurdgeLaw.com
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Yamaha Motorcycle Safety Recalls

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (“Yamaha”) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 motorcycles, under two separate safety recalls.  

According to Yamaha, water could enter and corrode the ignition switch resulting in an unexpected engine stall.  This recall reportedly affects a total of 14,320 motorcycles and, an engine stall obviously increases the risk of a crash.  

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch subassembly, free of charge. The recall began March 9, 2017. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990112, and the NHTSA Campaign Number is 17V112000. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. To read more about the recall, click here


According to Yamaha, engine vibration in the affected motorcycles can cause the fuel tank mounting bracket to contact the fuel tank, which overtime may result in the tank leaking fuel.  This recall also reportedly affects a total of 14,320 motorcycles and, Yamaha admits that a fuel leak in the presence of a ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank bracket. The fuel tank will be inspected and replaced if necessary. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 9, 2017. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990112, and the NHTSA Campaign Number is 17V111000.  Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. To read more about the recall, click here

If you have a Yamaha motorcycle, then check to see if it is included in either recall and make sure to get it in to an authorized dealer for repair if it is.

Do you have a Yamaha motorcycle that has been in the shop repeated times for warranty repairs in Ohio or Kentucky that is still not fixed?  If so, call our Toll Free Hotline, 1.888.331.6422, to see if we can help you out of your defective vehicle today.

Beth Wells
www.BurdgeLaw.com
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Is Negative Equity Keeping You in a Lemon Vehicle?

Reportedly 32% of new car buyers are underwater on their loans when trading in a vehicle. This is a staggering increase from 13.9% in 2009.

What exactly is negative equity?  It is created when you owe more on a vehicle than it is worth, trade the vehicle in, and then roll the balance of the loan into the purchase of another vehicle.  

Here is an example: You decide to trade your vehicle in on a newer model.  The loan payoff is $20,000.  However, your vehicle is only worth $15,000.  You have negative equity of $5,000.  And, in most instances, even if the dealer tells you that they are paying off your loan, the dealer will add that $5,000 to the purchase price of your new vehicle.  As a result, your loan and your monthly payments for the new car will increase.  And, the longer the loan, the longer it will take to reach positive equity in the vehicle.

When you have a defective lemon vehicle, negative equity can put you between a rock and hard place.  You may be concerned for your safety because if the defects, but owe too much money on the loan to be able to trade the defective lemon vehicle in.

Do you have a defective lemon vehicle that the dealer cannot fix and you cannot get rid of on trade?  Feel free to call Burdge Law Office on our Toll Free Hotline, 1.888.331.6422, to see if we can help you out of your "lemon" vehicle.


Beth Wells
www.BurdgeLaw.com
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: A car dealer’s affirmative duty to disclose in an “as-is” sale to a consumer in Kentucky

In Kentucky, a car dealer is required to disclose prior damage sustained by a motor vehicle to a purchaser.  

Pursuant to KRS 186A.540, "(1) An individual, or a dealer required to be licensed pursuant to KRS Chapter 190, shall disclose all damages to a motor vehicle: (a) Of which the individual or the dealer has direct knowledge; (b) Which result in repairs or repair estimates that exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000); and (c) That occur while the motor vehicle is in the individual's or the dealer's possession and prior to delivery to a purchaser. (2) Disclosure under this section shall be in writing and shall require the purchaser's signature acknowledging the disclosure of damages." Additionally, courts in Kentucky have expanded the application of the statute to hold that a Kentucky car dealer must disclose the damage prior to sale even where the damage occurred before the dealer came into possession of the vehicle. Keeton v. Lexington Truck Sales, Inc. (Ky.App. 2008) 275 S.W.3d 723. As the court explained in Keeton v. Lexington Truck Sales, Inc., to interpret KRS 186A.540 otherwise would be inconsistent with the legislative intent of KRS 186A.540 and "enable unscrupulous dealers to keep the secret that the dealer is selling a damaged vehicle".

Therefore, disclosure of prior damage is required by a Kentucky car dealer under KRS 186A.540 where: (1) a dealer has direct knowledge of the damage, (2) the damage resulted in repairs or repair estimates in excess of $1,000, and (3) the damage occurred prior to delivery of the vehicle to the purchaser.

What kinds of damage must be disclosed? Repairs that must be disclosed include any types of repairs, whether body repairs, mechanical repairs, or otherwise. Smith v. General Motors Corp. (Ky.App. 1998) 979 S.W.2d 127.  

How must the damage be disclosed? The disclosure must be in writing and the purchaser must sign the written disclosure. KRS 186A.540(2).

What if you purchased the motor vehicle for business use? The law still applies to you. In fact, a Kentucky Appellate Court has held that a commercial purchaser is within the class of persons intended to be protected by KRS 186A.540. Keeton v. Lexington Truck Sales, Inc. (Ky.App. 2008) 275 S.W.3d 723.

Has a Kentucky car dealer failed to disclose to you more than $1,000 in damage to a motor vehicle that you purchased from them? Contact the dealer and see if they will take the vehicle back and give you your money back. If not, then contact the Kentucky Attorney General's Consumer Protection Office, 888-432-9257, http://ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/Pages/default.aspx. Or, you may want to contact a private attorney who specializes in Lemon Law in Kentucky. Feel free to call Burdge Law Office on our Toll Free Hotline, 1.888.331.6422, to see if we can help you out of your "lemon" vehicle.

Beth Wells
www.BurdgeLaw.com
www.OhioLemonLaw.com
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