Chrysler Does not “Dodge” Defective Steering Problems

It has been a year since the first stirring sof trouble began to plague American auto maker Chrysler Group LLC when more than 800,000 Dodge Ram trucks 2003 to 2008 models were recalled because of defective steering systems. Since then the total has reached 1.2 million and counting.

The tie rods are pinpointed as the culprit in the system and Chrysler claims that of the recalled vehicles, about 116,000 of them may have this defect which results in an uncontrollable shaking dubbed the “Death Wobble” when the truck was driven in excess of 50 mph under certain circumstances. It is frightening and potentially dangerous, and truck owners have learned firsthand that getting it fixed can take months because of the unavailability of parts.

This is not the first time that Chrysler has had to contend with what they refer to as a “steering shimmy.” Two years ago, the problem came out in its Jeep brand of vehicles, where the term “Jeep Death Wobble” was first coined. Since they are not new to the block, they should have expected that some disgruntled customers would take legal action. And they did.

Chrysler is currently facing a class action lawsuit in the Central District of California (Shaun Sater et al. v. Chrysler Group LLC, Case No. 5:14-cv-00700) as well as numerous individual lawsuits. Chrysler had been known to produce reliable and sturdy vehicles, making it the brand of choice for farmers and ranchers that heavily depend on their vehicles. These recent issues have seriously compromised the popularity of Chrysler vehicles, especially the Dodge Ram. Currently, it could be rightly said that its slogan “Guts. Glory. RAM.” continues to be appropriate because it takes guts to drive a truck that wobbles at high speeds, and glory to those who survive.

According to the website of Ritter & Associates, if you own a defective vehicle, you have the right to get compensation for any injury or inconvenience it may have caused you. Contact a personal injury lawyer to understand more about product liability lawsuits.

Limo Rental Rates

Limo rental rates are typical of any service; it varies based on a lot of factors. Generally, if you want better service, you have to pay higher rates. Fortunately, because there is so much competition for custom, limo services can be had for quite reasonable rates if you go about your booking the smart way.

Basic Costs

Limo rental rates are usually quoted on an hourly basis, although it is possible to get a quote for a protracted lease. The lowest hourly rate for a legitimate limo rental service is $30 for a luxury sedan that can accommodate four people, and goes up to $150 for a stretch limo that is good for up to 14 people. There are larger and novelty limos that can accommodate even more, but the rate varies depending on the actual number of people, so you need to be specific about it. When in Austin, you might want to check out some vehicles you can rent at www.cclaustin.com.

However, you usually cannot rent a limo for just an hour because the prep time makes it impractical. Most companies require a minimum of 3 hours per booking, more during peak times (weekends, prom season, etc.). If you want to make the most of your money, pool with your friends or arrange your day to maximize the amount of time you spend being driven around.

Aside from the hourly rate, it is also standard to include a 20% gratuity for the driver; it’s exactly like a tip but more fancy. So if you have a $90 booking, expect to hand over $18 more at the end of the ride unless it has already been included in your total price quote.

Other costs

Reputable limo companies will provide an all-inclusive price quote so you know what you are in for. These include fuel surcharges, travel time (for remote area pickups), toll fees, and other miscellaneous fees.  But some companies may tack on these other charges to your bill at the end of the day, which can seriously increase your costs. Make sure that when you finalize your booking, you are clear about the total amount you have to spend for the rental.

Special packages

Most limo services will offer package rates for weddings, airport transfers, and regular bookings. If you book way in advance or you book for successive days i.e. the whole week, you have a greater chance of getting better discounts.