Lawyers have opened an investigation into Ford Edge and Flex vehicles over defects with the vehicle’s Power Transfer Units

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Hundreds of consumers have complained of Power Transfer Unit (PTU) fluid leaks that often result in the premature failure of the PTU and necessitate a costly replacement.

On All-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles, the PTU is responsible for transferring power from the output shaft of the transmission to the front wheels and also to the rear drive shaft. The PTU units contain a modest amount of fluid which is subject to overheating and degrading the valve seals.

If you have a Ford Flex or Edge and experienced a problem with the PTU on that vehicle we would like to hear from you. You may contact us privately using the contact attorney privately box below and/or share your story publicly using the submit button.

GM recalls 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks over brake fluid leaks

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General Motors is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to December 24, 2014. The affected vehicles may experience the front brake calipers leaking brake fluid. This is due to air pockets, an imperfection in the metal caliper body.

If the vehicle experiences a brake fluid leak it can increase the stopping distance, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Approximately 14,838 vehicles are affected by the recall.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the front-brake calipers if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 10, 2015

 

Ford named in class action lawsuit over leak of carbon monoxide in passenger compartments of Explorer Vehicles

This case arises from Ford’s sale and lease of several hundreds of thousands of Explorer model vehicles that Ford knew or should have known are defective such that exhaust and other gases, including carbon monoxide, may enter the passenger compartments of the vehicles. The potential exposure to exhaust and carbon monoxide renders these vehicles unsafe to drive.

Ford’s Technical Service Bulletin 12-12-4 (“TSB 12-12-4”), “Explorer Exhaust Odor in Vehicle,” acknowledges that “[s]ome 2011-2013 Explorer vehicles may exhibit an exhaust odor in the vehicle with the auxiliary climate control system on. Customers may indicate the odor smells like sulfur.” Ford’s TSB 12-12-4 provides instructions which Ford claims will correct the exhaust odor in 2011 through 2013 model year Ford Explorers.

Subsequent to TSB 12-12-4, Ford issued Technical Service Bulletin 14-0130 (“TSB 14-0130”) “Exhaust Odor in Vehicle,” which acknowledges an exhaust odor in Explorer vehicles, and adds the 2014 and 2015 model year Explorers to the list of affected vehicles. TSB 14-0130 includes the same or similar service procedures outlined in TSB 12-12-4, and adds certain procedures not included in TSB 12-12-4.

Ford’s TSBs 12-12-4 and 14-0130 do not correct the condition, and they fail to acknowledge that carbon monoxide may enter the passenger compartment of affected vehicles. Ford’s TSBs 12-12-4 and 14-0130 are provided to authorized dealerships, and do not directly notify non-Ford automotive repair facilities about the defects associated with TSBs 12-12-4 and 14-0130. Further, although Ford has received numerous complaints relating to exhaust entering the passenger compartments of 2011 through 2015 model year Ford Explorers, and it developed a purported fix to the problem, Ford did not provide any notice to plaintiff about the defect and the potential exposure to lethal carbon monoxide in the 2011 through 2015 model-year Ford Explorers.

As alleged, Ford sold or leased hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles nationwide. Each such vehicle was sold or leased in a dangerous and defective condition because each such vehicle contains design flaws, and/or an exhaust and/or HVAC system, that permit exhaust and other gases, including carbon monoxide, to enter the passenger compartment during the normal and customary use of such vehicles.

Ford designed, manufactured, sold and leased the 2011 through 2015 model year Ford Explorers when it knew or should have known of such defects, or Ford otherwise learned of such defects and failed to notify plaintiff and the proposed class members of the defect in the 2011 through 2015 model year Ford Explorers that exposed plaintiff, the proposed class members, and others, to a life-safety hazard.

Plaintiff and the members of the proposed class reasonably expect to operate their Ford Explorer vehicles in a normal and customary manner free from exposure to potentially deadly gases.

 

Chrysler recalls 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles over brake fluid leakage

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles manufactured July 1, 2013, through November 15, 2013. During manufacturing, a tool may have damaged one of the brake hoses which may result in a leakage of brake fluid from the brake hose.

As a result, brake fluid leakage would result in a reduction of brake performance, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Chrysler believes approximately 5,664 were affected and will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the brake hoses, as necessary, free of charge.

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. named in class action lawsuit over defective windows

This is a class action against Kolbe, the manufacturer of defective windows

As alleged, Kolbe’s non-vinyl window products (including both all wood and wood and aluminum product lines) are defective, as they are prone to chronic air and/or water infiltration following installation, and as the wood portions of the Windows are inadequately preserved or protected. As a result of Defendant Kolbe’s failure to properly design, develop, test, manufacture, distribute, market, sell, and ensure that the Windows were properly designed, Plaintiffs’ windows are leaking, rotting, cracking, warping, and otherwise failing, causing Plaintiffs to suffer damages.

Defendant Kolbe warrants and advertises that its windows are free from defects in materials and workmanship, are of superior quality, require little or no maintenance, and are durable, reliable, and long-lasting.  Kolbe, however, refuses to honor its purported warranties.

Chrysler recalls certain model year 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avengers

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured from October 30, 2012, through November 2, 2012. These vehicles may have a gas tank that has a broken control valve in the fuel tank assembly.

A broken control valve in the fuel tank assembly may lead to an engine stall or fuel leakage. An engine stall while driving may contribute to a vehicle crash. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tank assembly and replace any affected control valves, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2013.