By Jim Donovan
PHILADLEPHIA (CBS) — Most new cars on the market these days include high-tech systems that allow you to link devices like cell phones and iPods so that you can talk hands-free and listen to your own music. But what happens when your car and your device just don’t just sync up? Are you just out of luck? 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds not exactly. In fact many times warranty laws and state lemon laws cover more than just vehicle mechanical problems.
After 42 years of hard work, Paul Pino’s gift to himself was a shiny new 2016 Chevy Corvette. There was just one problem. He couldn’t listen to his music while driving. He says, “If you put the iPod or iPad on Bluetooth you lose you connection with the your phone and then you don’t have a hands free connection, so it’s not safe.”
General Motor’s response? Pino says, “What they told me was sooner or later they’ll be an upgrade and when it comes it’ll work.”
The owner’s manual that came with the Corvette shows that the infotainment system was supposed to work with all sorts of Apple devices. But not anymore. According to Pino, “I went online to download the book and they had removed all the supported Apple products.