Lawsuits for Drivers – Honda, Chrysler Vehicle Issues
The two leading stories in this issue center around big-name auto manufacturers Chrysler and Honda. The Chrysler suit takes issue with 2017-2018 Pacifica plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and a potential defect that can cause some of them to catch fire. In Honda’s case, CR-V, Civic and Accord drivers are hoping for some answers for an issue plaguing their Earth Dreams 1.5L direct injection engines – namely, that gasoline is reportedly contaminating the engine oil and leading to a slew of problems. To round things out, we’ll take a look at Costco’s Kirkland Organic Roasted Seaweed and a lawsuit claiming the snack contains undisclosed levels of a known carcinogen, and another suit that says Hellman’s “with olive oil” mayo may be deceiving consumers into thinking the product has more olive oil in it than it actually does. Keep reading for all this and more.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is facing a proposed class action lawsuit claiming that its 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are plagued by a “widespread defect” that can cause them to explode and catch fire, even when turned off. The suit comes on the heels of a recall that was issued after an internal investigation revealed that at least 12 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrids had spontaneously caught fire. FCA has not yet nailed down a fix for the issue and, in the meantime, has advised Chrysler Pacifica drivers to park outside and not charge their vehicles, according to the recall. The suit alleges, however, that this is not a remedy for the problem and that drivers are now burdened with defective and dangerous cars that do not perform as advertised and cannot be safely parked. Stay safe if you drive one of the affected models and, in the meantime, here are all the details on the case.
Diluted oil can cause a host of problems for a car, including premature wear and tear on the engine and its components, higher maintenance costs and engine stalling, among other issues. Now, some Honda drivers say they’ve experienced just this due to an alleged defect in the Earth Dreams 1.5L direct injection engine that causes the oil to become contaminated with gasoline. A recently filed proposed class action alleges the engine causes some of the fuel in the combustion chamber to remain unburned and that the unburned gas can then “significantly contaminate” the engine oil in the oil pan. The suit claims Honda has known about the apparent engine oil defect for years due to customer complaints and pre-sale testing yet has effectively done nothing to address the issue at this point. The case says certain 2019-2021 CR-V and Civic and 2018-2021 Accord vehicles are affected. So, if you’ve noticed your oil smells like gasoline or is at higher levels than it should be, you’ll want to read up on the case right here.
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Hidden carcinogens in food and other consumer products have been the focus of quite a few lawsuits these days. One recent case alleges that Costco has failed to disclose that its Kirkland Organic Roasted Seaweed snack may contain cadmium and other toxins. According to the lawsuit, Costco knew or should have known that its seaweed product contained cadmium, a known human carcinogen associated with various health risks, yet failed to sufficiently test the snack and warn consumers of the presence of the heavy metal. The case goes on to say that Costco’s failure to disclose the presence of cadmium in its seaweed product is “deceptive, misleading, unfair, and false” and allows the big box retailer to reap “enormous profits” from consumers who bought the snack. Want more? Head over to this page to read up on the allegations.
When we see food products prominently displaying a desirable ingredient on the label, we assume they’ll contain a reasonable amount of said ingredient. But now a proposed class action has been filed claiming that the label on Hellmann’s “with olive oil” mayo dressing misleads consumers into believing the product contains more olive oil than it actually does. The suit contends that the mayo contains only a trace amount of olive oil – much less than consumers have been led to expect and not enough for buyers to see any of the health benefits associated with the ingredient. Customers wouldn’t have bought the product if they had known the olive oil content was so minimal, the suit says. For all the details, you can read up on the suit here.
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