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Chrysler Cross-Fire

Settlement:   $39,003.85 (full trade allowance towards 2005 new vehicle plus legal fees)
Case Type:   Lemon Law, Motor Vehicle
Case:   Baum vs. Daimler Chrysler Corporation
Date:   August 1, 2005
Plaintiff Attorney(s):   Anthony T. Ballato, Esq., Massapequa, NY
Defendant Attorney(s):   Blackwell Igbanugo, Attorneys at Law, Troy MI
Facts:   The consumer purchased a new 2003 Chrysler Cross-Fire in October 2003. The consumer received a standard warranty. Several months after purchasing the car, the consumer reported problems with hatchback not locking, rattling and carbon dioxide filtering into the car and water coming into the hatchback of the car, the spoiler staying up, the dome light not going off, the cup holder being broken and the car locking with the keys in the ignition and running locking the owner outside the car. The consumer brought the car to the selling dealership to have these problems corrected over eight (8) times within one year and for well over nine weeks, which exceeded the new car Lemon Law (GBL Article 11-A) threshold of four repair attempts and/or thirty days out of service during the first twenty-four months/18,000 miles. The consumer’s efforts to compel return of the vehicle were ignored and he was compelled to retain counsel. Further efforts by counsel to negotiate a settlement were frustrated by the manufacturer’s representative, thus compelling the commencement of a Lemon Law proceeding with the New York State Attorney General’s Office. The consumer’s attorney was later successful in procuring a 100% trade allowance plus refund of $1,500.00 in of attorney’s fees. The consumer then received a new 2005 vehicle of his choice (any Chrysler product) with a new warranty and full refund of the prior vehicle that was over one year old and had over 15,000 miles.
Verdict:   Total cost of vehicle excluding sales tax $25,610.00 and Total legal fees and costs $1,500.00

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