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Automobile Defects

A vehicle is one of the most expensive purchases that many consumers make during their lifetime.  We rely on our cars to get us to work, to be there for us in an emergency, and to provide safe and reliable transportation for our loved ones.  Unfortunately, car manufacturers all too often place vehicles on the road that they know contain hidden defects.  Common defects include:

  • Malfunctioning airbags
  • Stalling / lack of power
  • Transmission problems
  • Engine Failure
  • Suspension problems
  • Steering problems
  • Excessive oil consumption / catastrophic engine failure
  • Exploding sunroofs
  • Cracked windows
  • Infotainment system issues

Such defects may pose a danger to occupants as well as pedestrians and can be costly to fix.  

Under many state consumer protection laws, a manufacturer may be liable for the failure to disclose a safety-related defect at the time of sale or lease.  A manufacturer may also be liable for defects under the vehicle’s express warranty.  However, it can take an experienced consumer fraud attorney to prosecute such claims properly. 

At Glancy Prongay & Murray we have recovered millions of dollars in benefits for thousands of consumers impacted by vehicle defects.  For example, in Reniger, et al. v. Hyundai Motor America, Case No. 4:14-cv-03612 (N.D. Cal.), we forged a settlement between Hyundai and approximately 77,000 purchasers and lessees of 2010-2012 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles prone to stalling.  Under the settlement, Hyundai agreed to keep open a free service campaign for affected owners for a period of ten years, reimburse out-of-pocket expenses and provide up to $2,000 off the purchase of a replacement vehicle.  In Shin et al., v. BMW of North America, Case No. 09-398 (C.D. Cal.),  Glancy Prongay & Murray obtained a significant settlement for over 45,000 6 Series BMW owners who suffered cracked wheel rims.  The class received cash reimbursement for their expenses incurred to replace the wheel rims, free replacement of cracked wheel rims, free replacement of the wheel rims that Class Members previously repaired, and partial reimbursement for tires on the wheel rims which were or will be replaced.

If you have experienced problems with your vehicle, call us for free and confidential case review.

Court Recognition

“And without question, the Court is of the opinion that the value of benefit that’s been conferred to the class is extremely sizable and that this Court is certainly aware that the skill and efficiency of plaintiff’s counsel is what attributed to this settlement, and they are learned securities counsel. The Court is mindful of that, and as a result they were able to sort of weed their way through the complex issues in this case, and also to bring this about — bring about a settlement rather in short order as these matters go. So the Court certainly attributes that to counsel’s skill and efficiency, as well as the ability to work with the adversaries in this matter.”

–Hon. Susan D. Wigention, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey

“Class Counsel has conducted the litigation and achieved the Settlement in good faith and with skill, perseverance and diligent advocacy”

— Hon. Donovan W. Frank, U.S. District Judge, District of Minnesota

“The court finds that the Settlement Fund… created by Class Counsel is an exceptional result… The settlement is significantly above the average securities class action settlement when measured as a percentage of losses recovered… The court finds that Class Counsel, particularly Co-Lead Counsel, exerted tremendous effort on behalf of the class in the prosecution of this action… The Court finds that Class Counsel skillfully prosecuted this action, particularly given that this case was unusually complex relative to most securities fraud class actions. ”

–Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian (Ret.), U.S. District Court Judge, Central District of California

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