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On September 13, 2019, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated approval of the class action settlement in the case Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Company (D.C. 2:12-cv-08388-AB-FFM). The Appeals Court found that the settlement may not have been fair and adequate to class members, and remanded it for further review.

This settlement had provided that class members–owners of certain Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta models with transmission issues–would give up their individual lemon law and consumer fraud rights in exchange for certain consideration such as smaller cash payments or coupons toward a new purchase, and an arbitration process paid for by Ford with limited remedies.

With approval of the settlement vacated, our firm is pursuing individual claims on behalf of consumers who suffered with these defective transmissions.

The current status of the class settlement is that the federal district court will examine it more closely, and may again choose to approve it. Therefore, we recommend that consumers considering pursuing a claim make sure to investigate your legal rights without delay, as they may again disappear or be reduced by re-approval of the settlement.

2011-2016 Ford Focus and 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta vehicles built with dual-clutch transmissions prone to shuddering, slipping, bucking, jerking, hesitation while changing gears, premature internal wear, delays in downshifting and, in some cases, sudden or delayed acceleration may be affected by the class settlement.

These problems and Ford’s failure to take responsibility for them have become better known, which may increase the value of your potential claim.

If you have had these or any other problems with your vehicle, contact us for a fast, free and confidential evaluation today.


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    Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon – Lemon Law Issues

    lemon Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck

    We have noticed a trend in potential lemon law issues in recent model year Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks.  The current version of these mid-size pickup trucks was launched for model year 2015.

    Many of these trucks have exhibited transmission problems, with the following descriptions:

    Sluggish Hesitation
    Will not downshift Losing ability to drive forward (reverse only)
    Stuck in gear Transmission failure

    There have also been other noted problems in these trucks, especially with the power steering, engine, fuel system and exhaust system, among others.  

    Additionally, there have been Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) and Recalls issued which affect these concerns, and prove that GM is aware of them.  

    You may have lemon law rights if you have had as few as two complaints for these issues, or for any other problems.  

    Those rights survive even if you no longer have the truck.  

    If you think your truck may be a lemon, contact us today for a fast, free and confidential analysis.



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      Honda CR-V Lemon Law Issues (Engine & Transmission)

      At Goldsmith West, we have noticed a trend of consumers experiencing problems in recent model year Honda CR-V models, including 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. These problems include but are not limited to problems with the engine, drivetrain and powertrain problems, loss of power, vibration, hesitation, cooling system, problems where the vehicle will not start, problems with the powertrain control module (PCM), engine knocking and stalling.  

      There have also been a series of incidents of reported fuel in the oil, and odor of gas fumes inside the cabin of the vehicle. 

      2018 model year in particular seems to have excess concerns about problems with gasoline in the oil tank

      Attribution: ABC15 Arizona

      These vehicles are also equipped with CVT transmissions, which are known to have a litany of issues, as seen in class action cases for other models. (Links) There has been at least one recall issued for this vehicle. (Link) 

      There has also been a problem with the Electronic Brake Booster (EBB) system for which a technical service bulletin (TSB) was issued.

      Consumers may experience the following Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs): P0300, P0301, P0302, P0304, P0172, P0297, P2187, P2583-76, and U3003-16.



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