Zolonz & Associates Now Specialize In Lemon Law – Virtual

Zolonz Associates (http://www.zolonzassociates.com/) announces that they now specialize in lemon law, protecting the rights of consumers in California.

(PRWEB) March 17, 2014

Lemon laws are a set of consumers rights when purchasing a wide range of consumer goods, but they mainly apply to the purchase or a lease of an automobile. The manufacturer is responsible for the repair of mechanical problems as stated in the warranty in a reasonable amount of time. If, however, the motor vehicle is not fixed, than the consumer is entitled for an equivalent replacement or a refund.

Although both state and federal laws have been protecting consumers under the lemon laws since 1975, it is often difficult for individuals to know the full legal details to receive full restitution for their mechanical issues. Therefore, Zolonz Associates can help consumers file a lemon law claim if they feel their vehicle manufacturer failed to repair their vehicle in due time to their satisfaction.

Zolonz Associates is a full-service Los Angeles law firm providing a wide range of legal services, and representing a broad client base, from major corporations to individuals. The firm specializes in Plaintiff’s consumer litigation under the California lemon law.

The firm’s founder, Adam Zolonz, created a business model as an alternative to the traditional law firm. Zolonz Associates offers the same quality representation that clients expect from the nation’s largest firms, without the billing rates associated with those firms. The firm provides top firm expertise alongside personalized treatment that the big firms simply cannot provide.

For more information about Zolonz Associates, and the services they provide, call 310.247.8230, or visit their website at http://zolonzassociates.com.

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IIHS says rearview cameras more effective alone than with parking sensors

Backup Cam

Rearview cameras sound like a good bet if you’re concerned about safety, but a new study just published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that their benefits may be limited. Parking sensors, says the study, provided drivers with no more safety protection than using just your mirrors, and combining those and backup cams together was actually more dangerous in some cases.

The study examined 111 volunteers who were asked to perform normal driving behaviors. When they left a parking spot, the cutout of a child either jumped up or moved into place to surprised them. The vehicles were equipped with parking sensors, backup cameras, both or neither.

IIHS Graph FigureThe study results are surprising. For the stationary object: 100 percent of those tested using just their mirrors hit it, about 95 percent with parking sensors, 56 percent with the camera and 75 percent with the both. For the moving obstacle: 13 percent collided with it using no technology, about 40 percent with the sensors, 13 percent with the camera and less than 10 percent for the combo. The results can be seen in graph to the right.

Parking sensors were found to be almost useless in these cases. The major problem was that they had a range of only around eight feet, which doesn’t give enough time to react. They were made even less helpful in combination with backup cams because drivers were less likely to look at the video display when they had a parking system.

“Right now cameras appear to be the most promising technology for addressing this particularly tragic type of crash, which frequently claims the lives of young children in the driveways of their own homes,” says David Zuby, the group’s executive vice president and chief research officer, in a statement on the official site of the IIHS. It also provides an abstracted view of the study and graph showing each system’s effectiveness. Take a look for the full results.

How more EV sales in America is hurting China’s environment

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One of the bigger knocks against hybrid and electric vehicles is that while they don’t directly produce much in the way of harmful emissions (if they make any at all), the process of building their electric motors and batteries can be very, very bad for the environment. Take graphite, for example. It’s an essential ingredient in lithium-ion battery packs, like the one shown above in the back of a Toyota Prius Plug-In. According to Bloomberg, the average hybrid car uses about 22 pounds of graphite, and pure EVs like the Tesla Model S require about 110 pounds.

Graphite mining and processing is particularly bad for the environment. In China, one of the world’s leading graphite producers, the effects of the so-called “graphite rain” – a silver dust that falls from the skies in areas around the mines – along with the hydrochloric-acid-infused waste water from processing are reportedly rapidly poisoning the environments around the mines. This has led China to slash production, closing a number of mines.

Bloomberg has an excellent piece on the environmental effects of graphite, as well as the impact of China’s move on the global price of the material, the latter of which is expected to impact the future pricing of electric vehicles. Hop over to the site and have a look.

Honda recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans over fire fear

RECALL Subject : Fuel Pump Cover may Crack and Leak Fuel
Report Receipt Date: MAR 14, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V112000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 886,815

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
HONDA ODYSSEY 2005-2010
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured June 23, 2004, through September 4, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump strainer cover may deteriorate allowing fuel to leak out.

CONSEQUENCE:
A fuel leak increases the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:
Parts to permanently repair the affected vehicles are not currently available. Honda will notify owners with an interim letter during April 2014. A second notice will be mailed to owners when the remedy becomes available, currently expected to be during the summer of 2014. Any vehicles that are currently leaking from the fuel pump cover will get a replacement, original cover. All vehicles, including those receiving the interim repair, will get an improved cover when they are available. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. The recall numbers associated with this campaign are JD9 (inspection and/or preliminary part replacement) and JE0 (final parts replacement).

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Porsche close to fix for 911 GT3 engine fires

2014 Porsche 911 GT3

It looks like 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 drivers might actually get to drive their cars again soon. Reports of fires affecting the track-ready Germans first began about a month ago. Then, a few days later, the automaker confirmed two of the five alleged blazes and said owners shouldn’t drive their cars until further notice. Porsche then went so far as to offer to pick up the GT3s and transport them to the nearest dealer until the problem was identified and a fix was found. Finally, there appears to be a repair.

“We know the reason and the problem-solving measures. We’re testing them,” said Porsche CEO Matthias Müller to Bloomberg. The technical fix will be released to owners shortly.

The recall affects all 785 GT3s that have been sold so far, but there have been no reported injuries caused by the fires. When it first announced the safety campaign, Porsche said: “Internal studies to determine the cause of the engine damage have not been completed yet.”

With winter rapidly turning in spring, hopefully Porsche can fix these road-legal racecars in time for drivers to enjoy the nicer weather.

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NHTSA closes investigation into Jeep Liberty fires

2012 Jeep Liberty, front three-quarter view

The investigation that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened into the Jeep Liberty in October 2013 has been closed. NHTSA received two (!) complaints about fires starting in the driver’s door, thought to be caused by the master power window switch. The initial estimate was that 80,000 Libertys could be roped into a possible recall, but according to a report in the Detroit News the agency examined records for 425,000 Chrysler products that used the same window switch, including the Dodge Nitro and Chrysler Town Country minivan.

After canvassing 265 warranty claims related to the master switches, NHTSA concluded that the rate of fires compared to the “large population of vehicles” was rather low, and that there was no trend pattern behind the few issues it did find. Perhaps with that, and the closure of the trailer hitch investigation, the Liberty can finally rest in peace.

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Driver held in SXSW fatal accident could get death penalty

Rashad Charjuan Owens, the driver who crashed through police barricades and into a crowd of people celebrating the SXSW festivities in Austin, Texas, killing two people and injuring dozens more, has been charged with capital murder and may get the death penalty. Owens may also face multiple counts of aggravated assault by vehicle after hitting pedestrians, a woman on a moped, a man on a bicycle, a taxi and a van.

The 21-year-old had been driving the wrong way down a one-way street in an attempt to evade police, who had tried to pull him over on suspicion of drunk driving. After the accident, Owens attempted to flee on foot before being captured by police wielding Tasers. His bond sits at $3 million, according to CNN.

Witnesses on the scene have described the harrowing event as “like something out of a movie.” Videos, some graphic, have been uploaded to YouTube and social media, making this accident stand out in the minds of Americans. A video report from CNN can be seen here, but as we said, some footage may be disturbing.

Westminster man is very comfortable with Volvos

“I just love this,” Daniel Ast said as he accelerated through the S turn of an on-ramp to I-405, demonstrating one of the many traits that have made the 74-year-old Westminster resident a Volvo loyalist for decades.

“It’s the handling, the fuel economy for its performance and comfort,” he said.

Over the past 55 years, Ast has owned an astounding 25 cars from the Swedish automaker.

What started with a bulbous PV 544 in 1959 led to his ownership of a sleek P1800 coupe in 1962, followed by a smattering of 140 sedans, 240 wagons, 242 turbos, Bertone coupes and, most recently, Polestar versions like his current daily driver – the 325-horsepower S60 R.

Ast has owned so many Volvos over the years, in fact, that in many cases he’s lost track of the particular makes and models. But he knows precisely which car inspired his loyalty – the P1800.

“That’s the one that caused me to keep buying them,” said Ast, who grew up in Los Angeles.

After a visit to Hollywood Sports Cars to upgrade his P1800 with Weber carburetors, “I made a left turn and some guy came down the wrong side of the street,” Ast said.

“He probably hit me doing 35. He knocked me across the intersection. Some lady came out of her house and looked in the car and said, ‘I thought you’d be dead.’ After that, you find out how safe they are, and it’s hard to get out of ’em,” said Ast, who didn’t even need to visit the hospital. He repaired the car and “everything was fine.”

Following a two-year stint in the Army, Ast commandeered his brother’s Volvo 544 with more than 350,000 miles on the odometer that “ran perfect,” he said.

His only bad experiences with Volvos were a problematic 2012 S60 that was bought back by the dealer under California’s lemon law and in 1967, when he owned a pale blue P1800 that was so light-colored he kept getting rear ended – first by a Karman Ghia, then a Jaguar Mark X and finally by “a rather large Rolls-Royce,” he said.

At the recommendation of his brother, he sold the P1800 and bought a Shelby 427 GT 500, but the insurance payments were so brutal and the police so tuned to its exhaust that he got rid of it.

“I sold it to some dentist in Beverly Hills for more than I paid for it and got back into Volvos, and that’s been it,” said Ast, a retired Los Angeles Times press operator who hasn’t been in a fender bender since 1973.

Like many drivers, Ast puts about 13,000 miles per year on his Volvos. Unlike most drivers, however, he only owns his cars for about two years, at which point he trades them in for the newest model. He’s bought 17 of his cars from Volvo of Orange County at the Santa Ana Auto Mall, which knows him as such a loyal customer that they are reserving one of the two Polestars they’re getting this year just for Ast.

This summer, he plans to trade his 2013 S60 Polestar for a 2015 V60 sport wagon Polestar with a turbo- and supercharged six-cylinder engine. Both cars are in an exclusive shade for Volvo’s performance-oriented Polestar division – “rebel blue.”

Ast was hoping to be a little less rebellious with a white exterior on the 2015 sport wagon, but Volvo dropped the color from its 2015 Polestar lineup, leaving just blue and black as options.

“I’ll never have a black car. To keep it looking nice is two times the work of the blue,” said Ast, who is partial to color-matched blue T-shirts that also match his eyes – and those of his Siberian husky, Sam.

Bright blue Volvos are so uncommon that “the neighbors know where I am,” Ast said. “If you want to go somewhere and not be known, this is not the car to be driving.”

It’s merely a car that’s likely to be driven by Ast – at least until he purchases his next Volvo.

Contact the writer: scarpenter@ocregister.com

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303 deaths may be linked to GM ignition recall [UPDATE]

GM Recall Saturn Ion

This issue could surpass the 27 Ford Pinto fire deaths and the 271 fatalities blamed on the Ford Explorer/Firestone debacle

The General Motors ignition switch recall appears to be rapidly spiraling out of control. A new report analyzing federal crash data suggests that there weren’t only 12 or 13 people killed after their GM vehicle’s ignition inadvertently switched off, disabling the airbags. No, the new figure could be 303. And that’s just on two of the six recalled models, the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, so the figure could grow.

The review of the crash data was done by Friedman Research Corporation, which looked at airbag failures in GM vehicles between 2003 and 2012 (despite reports of issues back in 2001). According to The New York Times, the review only looked at cases where the airbags failed to deploy – it didn’t analyze the actual causes of the crashes.

Still, it’s a troubling development, which if proven correct would mean this latest safety issue easily surpasses the 27 deaths attributed to Ford Pinto fires and the estimated 271 fatalities blamed on the Ford Explorer/Firestone tire debacle.

Meanwhile, Automotive News reports on trial lawyers smelling blood in the water. Litigators are looking to line up clients that have been affected by the recall, with one lawyer even saying he was planning to challenge post-bankruptcy GM’s immunity to issues that happened before a federal bailout.

“If you are aware of potential exposure to litigation and you don’t reveal it, that’s fraud,” said Bob Hilliard, a Texas-based lawyer representing the families of a pair of Wisconsin teens killed in a Cobalt crash in 2006. “I’m going to go back to that bankruptcy judge and say, ‘You have to undo this, the liability of old GM, because it was the new GM’s continued coverup after the bankruptcy that allowed people to be hurt or killed.'”

Automotive News spoke to Chip Bowles, a bankruptcy lawyer, about Hilliard’s attempt to reopen the case and remove new GM’s immunity. Bowles told the site Hilliard would need to prove that old GM willingly deceived US Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber.

Actually doing that, though, may prove very difficult, with Bowles adding, “Lots of luck there, friend.”

UPDATE: There is concern that the study citing 303 attributable deaths may not represent an accurate calculation, because its findings were reportedly based in part on a database that does not discern between accidents in which the airbags were supposed to deploy and accidents in which they were not. We have a followup story with details on the growing controversy here.