Defective Products

Class action attorneys have played a formative role in making products safer for consumers. Defects in vehicles, household goods and building materials can have dramatic consequences. Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is committed to making the marketplace safer for consumers by bringing class actions on their behalf when they have purchased defective products and corporate manufacturers refuse to make things right.

Current Cases

Lenovo Yoga 920 Lack of Sound:
Yoga 920 laptop for reports that is has a defect resulting in a lack of sound. Owners report that a few months after purchase, the laptop can no longer produce sound. Lenovo’s forums have prescribed a number of troubleshooting steps, from making sure audio settings are properly configured, to trying every combination of driver updates and Windows re-installs. No software solution has appeared to solve the problem, and Lenovo has responded to defective laptops by replacing the motherboard, multiple times for some users. Sold at a starting price of $1,999, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is marketed as a premium laptop, yet owners report it has a hardware defect that causes the machine to run too hot and damage its internals, including its motherboard.

Defective Valve Stems in Chrysler Tire Pressure Monitor Systems.  A consumer represented by Migliaccio & Rathod LLP has brought a class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers against Chrysler for faulty Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor units. Plaintiffs maintain that TPMS units on certain Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep vehicles use an aluminum alloy valve stem assembly that is subject to corrosion and failure. Corrosion may be causing the aluminum alloy retaining nuts or valve stems (which secure the sensors to the inside of the wheel) to split or fail, causing sensors to loosen and fall into the tires, causing the tires, in turn, to suddenly deflate. Naturally, this is a very serious safety issue since rapid deflation at speed can lead to loss of vehicle control. As part of our ongoing investigation in these matters, we are looking for qualifying vehicles for our experts to inspect, including following vehicles manufactured after June 10, 2009: 2009 – 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 trucks; 2009 – 2011 Chrylser and Dodge Minivans, including Caravan, Grand Caravan and Town & Country models; and 2009 – 2011 Dodge Journeys. The date of manufacture is listed on a placard on the chassis inside the driver’s side door. Please contact Nick Migliaccio at nmigliaccio@classlawdc.com if you own or lease one of these vehicles and believe you have a defective TPMS valve stem.

Hyundai Brakes.  Migliaccio & Rathod LLP along with co-counsel, is currently litigating a case on behalf of model year 2006-2010 Hyundai Sontana owners against Hyundai Motor America. The suit alleges that premature wear and replacement is required due to a defect involving the brakes, which may involve defective parts and/or premature corrosion, and alleges that such repair or replacement should be covered by the warranty. It seeks reimbursement of the cost of repair and replacement of the rotors and/or calipers. In addition, there have been over 150 complaints relating to the rear brakes in the 2006-2010 Sonatas filed by consumers with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation (NHTSA-ODI). These complaints indicate that owners have experienced problems with their rear bakes as early as 23,000 miles.

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