Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Safety Administration Calls Out Fiat Chrysler

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called Fiat Chrysler to appear at a public hearing tomorrow, July 2, 2015, to address safety concerns. The administration says the Michigan auto maker didn't issue recalls fast enough to address key safety issues.

The NHTSA is in charge of monitoring automotive manufacturers selling cars in the United States to make sure they build their cars safely and respond to reports of defects appropriately. But according to the NHTSA, Fiat Chrysler hasn't done either. According to a public notice released ahead of tomorrow's hearing:
"NHTSA has tentatively concluded that Fiat Chrysler has not remedied vehicles in a reasonable time and has not adequately remedied vehicles."
At the public hearing, Fiat Chrysler will have to answer how it met its duty to send vehicle owners notice of safety issues and recalls. At issue are 22 safety campaigns, including 20 different recalls applying to 11 million vehicles. The recalls cover everything from ignition switches to fuel tanks, air bags to axles. Some of the safety issues could affect the way Fiat Chrysler vehicles steer, brake, and handle.

This isn't the first time that the NHTSA has called Fiat Chrysler out for safety issues. After the administration sent the automaker 12 pages of questions earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler provided over 5 million pages of safety documents. The manufacturer asserts that this documentation eliminated the need for any hearing. According to Fiat Chrysler spokesperson Eric Mayne:
"The initiatives described in our response to NHTSA's Special Order reflect a deep commitment to thorough investigation and the timely remedy of safety defects. . . . While this commitment has helped FCA US LLC achieve positive results, we will not be satisfied until we firmly re-establish the trust our customers place in us."
But the mountain of documents does not explain why Fiat Chrysler failed to notify owners of safety concerns within the 60 day window provided by the NHTSA. In one case, notices in an air bag recall were over five months late. In at least 2 recalls, notices have yet to go out at all.

If the NHTSA isn't satisfied with Fiat Chrysler's responses at the Washington hearing scheduled for 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, the administration could require the automaker to pay over $700 million in fines and to replace or buy back defective vehicles.

By failing to provide prompt recall notices to its auto owners, Fiat Chrysler put millions of drivers at risk. Accidents caused by these defective vehicles could cost motorists thousands of dollars, and even their lives.

Attorney Dani K. Libliang of The Liblang Law Firm, P.C., is an auto accident attorney with a passion for protecting the victims of automotive defects. If you or someone you know has been in a serious auto accident, contact The Liblang Law Firm, P.C., today for a free consultation.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Give Graduates the Gift of Financial Advice

It's the season for high school graduation parties. Those recent graduates are making big decisions about how to pay for college. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has tools to help.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FTC Says Michigan Dealership Laws Hurt Consumers

Even though the Big 3 were born in Detroit, Michigan residents can't buy cars directly from car companies. Instead they have to go through dealerships. But the FTC says that Michigan's dealership protection laws are anti-competitive and could hurt consumers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dani K. Liblang Added to National Trial Lawyers' Top 100

There are few honors higher than being invited to join the National Trial Lawyers' Top 100. Attorneys on that list represent the best in the nation – you simply can't hire anyone better. Now consumer protection attorney Dani K. Liblang is joining the ranks of this prestigious organization.
The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization made up of the best trial lawyers from across the country – representing everyday people in plaintiff's civil litigation and criminal defense. According to Executive Director Michelle Swanner,
It is the mission of The National Trial Lawyers association to promote excellence in the legal profession through practical educational programs, networking opportunities, and legal publications that deal with current issues facing The Trial Lawyer.”
And the Top 100 are the best of the best. Selection is based on nomination by fellow lawyers and third-party research. An invitation to join is extended only to the most qualified attorneys from each state based on their qualifications of “leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.” According to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 website,
Each of our distinguished Top 100 members possesses the knowledge, skill, experience and success held by only the finest and best lawyers in America. By combining resources, power, and influence, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is devoted to preserving and protecting justice for all.
That is why it is such an honor that the National Trial Lawyers have invited Attorney Dani K. Liblang to join their Top 100 for Michigan. Liblang has always had a passion for fighting for the average Joe consumer. For over 30 years, she has focused on lemon law, auto accident claims, and in fighting creditors in consumer protection lawsuits. Cases she has won for her clients have literally changed the industry – giving consumers the legal ground to fight large corporations who put defective products up for sale.
Her hard work on behalf of her clients has earned her a great reputation across Michigan, and the nation. Dani K. Liblang is one of Michigan's only consumer protection lawyers to receive the highest AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and to be certified in trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She has been the chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Consumer Law Section on two separate occasions, and in 2002, Liblang was awarded the “Consumer Hero Award” by the National Association of Consumer Advocates.
Even with all these awards, Dani K. Liblang is still deeply touched by the invitation to join the National Trial Lawyers' Top 100:
As of 2014, Michigan has 34,739, licensed attorneys, so to be invited as one of the top 100 Michigan trial lawyers, feels like quite an honor. It also feels great to be invited to a join a group of lawyers dedicated to preserving justice and who are not afraid to call themselves “trial lawyers.” Every day, trial lawyers are on the front lines, standing up for ordinary citizens who have been injured or abused, discriminated against, or who have suffered economic injustice. I’m very humbled and proud to be part of this prestigious organization. 
She and her staff have worked hard to deserve this honor, and continue to bring their best to every one of their clients. If you want one of the National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 attorneys in Michigan in your corner, contact The Liblang Law Firm, PC, for a free consultation today.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Senators Propose New Consumer Privacy Protection Act

Did you get a new debit card or credit card recently? Maybe you got a notice that your online account had been compromised. A newly proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act could make those kinds of protections universal.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GM To Pay For 100 Deaths From Faulty Ignition Switch

Imagine driving down the freeway, bumping your steering column, and having your car shut down. That's what GM drivers have been facing for years. But now, GM is going to have to pay for it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Unfair Collections Practices: 5 Things to Watch For

If you have had a debt turned over to a collections agency, you probably have been subjected to unfair collections practices. But if you don't know what to watch for, how will you know?