WHAT YOU CAN DO
Learning of Other Complaints:
For $20-40, you can get a computer printout of complaints &/or service
bulletins from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Include make, model & year as the more specific the request, the less
expensive the printout. Write Technical Reference Division, NHTSA, 400
7th St SW, Washington DC 20590 & allow 3 weeks for delivery. To access
complaint summaries for particular makes, models & years, visit NHTSA's
Internet website at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
Technical Service Bulletins
(TSBs): Land Rover publishes TSBs to help dealers diagnose
& repair problems on vehicles. Some dealers will let you view TSBs.
You can access TSB summaries via NHTSA's Website at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
NHTSA's Technical Information Services, which can be contacted through
NHTSA's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, can also send a
particular TSB once you identify it from NHTSA's Website or its computer
printout. ALLDATA provides free access to TSB summaries & sells copies
of TSBs listed on its Website. For your use, we have listed some of the
more comprehensive TSBs on your vehicle. Check the above sources for other
Recalls & Investigations:
Call NHTSA's toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 800-424-9393 or 888-DASH-2-DOT
(in Washington DC 202-366-0123) or visit NHTSA's website at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
Small Claims Court:
Go to small claims for advice on
using small claims court to recover repair & other expenses. The Lemon
Book (Moyer-Bell 1990) by Ralph Nader has an entire chapter
on small claims court strategy, a state-by-state index & a chapter
on your legal rights to help you better argue your case in court. You
can order the book for $17.50 from CAS Publications.
If you have to sue Land Rover over a lemon, go to CAS-Lawyers
for a list of attorneys specializing in lemon law.
Complain to Land Rover:
Write Howard Mosher, CEO, Land Rover of America, 4371 Parliament Place,
Lanham MD 20706 or call Land Rover at 301-731-9040.
Using Better Business
Bureau Arbitration: Land Rover uses BBB to arbitrate original
owners' requests for repair reimbursement, an order that Land Rover "buy-back"
your car, or both. Program is not legally binding on consumer, so you
may reject bad decision & go to court. Call 800-955-5100 for BBB program
or go to BBB Autoline.
The Lemon Book has a chapter to guide you through BBB
Arbitration and can help get "buy-backs" & reimbursements. The Lemon
Book is available from CAS for $17.50 from CAS
Secret Warranty Disclosure
Four states (CA, CT, VA & WI) have laws requiring automakers to disclose
any secret warranties on their cars. Contact your state attorney general
for information or to support such laws. Little Secrets of
the Auto Industry (Moyer-Bell 1994) by CAS is devoted to
secret warranties, how to find them & use them. Little
Secrets is available for $17.50 from CAS
Supporting Land Rover
Recall Efforts: Help us force the government to protect
consumers by writing your Senators and Representative in Congress, urging
them to contact NHTSA & the Federal Trade Commission on your defects
in your Land Rover vehicle. Your local library has names of your representatives;
write them c/o US Senate (or House), Washington DC 20510 (or 20515). Find
and/or e-mail them at www.house.gov/writerep/
Support CAS' Efforts:
File a complaint with CAS which will be
used to pressure Land Rover to take responsibility for defects in its
vehicles. Become a CAS member by making a
to help us in our fight on your behalf against Land Rover and the other