California leads the country in consumer protection litigation, and its lemon law and the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act are there to help car owners who think that their vehicle was defective.
The 1970 statute allows for a presumption of a car being considered a lemon if, after 18,000 miles or a year and a half of ownership, even if they were not the first owner:
1) Two repairs have failed to remedy a life-threatening defect;
2) Four repairs have been made on any part covered by the warranty;
3) For 30 days, not necessarily in a row, the car has been unusable by the driver
While the consumer is still responsible for notifying the manufacture, this is often covered by having the repair work done at the dealership.
What Issues Can Arise
The manufacturer can dispute the lemon classification by arguing that the problems are minor or don’t substantially impact the value of your car, truck or SUV. In addition, most manufacturers participate in the Department of Consumer Affairs-certified arbitration program. The arbitrators are not state employees, but they do follow guidelines. You must participate in a hearing before you can pursue legal remedies, although you can also accept the arbitrator’s decision if it seems reasonable.
Defective vehicles can be a safety hazard or just make life miserable. However, there are certain requirements before you may have a claim under lemon law. The main criteria are the following:
- Must Be Covered By An Express Warranty – It’s important to review the fine print on your warranty. Certain parts, like brake pads and clutches, may not be covered by the manufacturer because they wear down over time.
- May Violate Federal or State Laws – The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act covers basically all vehicles and is the primary statute cited in major lemon law claims. If the warranty coverage seems unfair, a lawyer may be able to help remedy the situation.
- Must Have Attempted Repairs – The manufacturer might not be able to repair your car, truck or SUV, but you have to at least let them try to comply with lemon law. By doing so, it may fix the problem, but at least notifies the manufacturer of the issues you’ve been having.
If your situation meets those three criteria, you should be able to receive either a refund or a replacement from the manufacturer, but legal representation could also be necessary if things get difficult with the car maker.
Audi recalls one million cars because of fire safety concerns. The recall is happening due to faulty electric coolant pumps. These coolant pumps have the potential to overheat and a fire could occur.
The following Audi vehicles are included in the recall: A4 (2013 to 2016), A5 (2013 to 2017), A6 (2012 to 2015), and the 2013 to 2017 Q5 SUV.
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Your Audi dealership will replace coolant pumps for free if you are a part of this recall. If you have any issues with the manufacturer replacing the pump for free, give us a call at (877)955-3666 to file a claim with Lemon Law Associates.
There are recalls out for 2018 Honda and Acura vehicles. These vehicles include the 2018 Honda Pilot, Honda Ridgeline, and the Acura MDX.
A defective rivet may have been assembled on the driver and front passenger seats, leading to the possible separation of the front seats from the floor during a crash.
Acura MDX & Honda Recalls
Visit your Honda or Acura dealership to have the part replaced for free. If you can not get the part fixed for free and need to file a lemon law claim, give us a call at (877) 955-3666.
There’s a recall on the 2018 Ford F-Series pickup trucks and 2018 Expeditions. Close to 300,000 vehicles of these models sold in the United States are affected by this recall.
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Have you heard about the car recall on the Tesla Model S? If not, we have some information for you. If you are the owner of this sedan, you should receive an email regarding this notice.
There’s a recall on the vehicle because of excessive corrosion that’s happening on the steering wheel bolts. This occurs when the car is driven in cold climates and a particular type of salt is being used on the roads.
If your Tesla Model S was built before April 2016, you may be a part of this recall.
If you are not able to get the steering wheel bolts replaced for free, give us a call today so we can handle your claim.
A 2017 & 2018 Ford Taurus recall has been issued.
The recall on the sedan is due to a faulty ignition key problem, making it possible to remove the key without placing the car in park first. This can lead to the car rolling away.
Over 2,000 Taurus sedans from these model years are affected.
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Ford dealerships should fix the recall issue for free. If you have any problems with them fixing it at no cost to you, contact us today to see how we can assist you with your claim.
A recall on the 2018 Toyota Camry is happening soon, with the manufacturer beginning the recall on March 30, 2018.
Close to 12,000 Camry vehicles with V-6 engines are a part of the recall because they may leak fuel. The fuel delivery pipes may not be connected correctly, increasing the risk of fire. If there is a fuel leak, fire can occur when the engine is started.
Dealerships should fix the recall issue for free. If they do not, call us at (877) 955-3666 so we can help you dispute your claim against the manufacturer.
There’s a recall for the Toyota Tundra and Toyota Sequoia, the 2017 model and 2018 model, respectively. Approximately 74,000 vehicles are a part of this recall.
Toyota Tundra & Toyota Sequioa Recall
On the 2017 Toyota Tundra, close to 9,000 trucks are being recalled due to potentially loose bolts that hold the second-row seats in place. The left rear seat may be affected more and could possibly lead to danger to the passenger during a crash.
There’s also a recall on the 2018 Tundra, as well as the 2018 Sequoia, with over 60,000 vehicles affected. There’s an issue with the stability control system which may turn off. The driver will receive a warning if the system has any problems.
Notifications will be sent to owners starting next month.
Escondido Lemon Law Firm
If you have any problems getting your recall issues fixed for free, we’ll help defend you in your claim against the auto manufacturer. You can contact us at (877) 955-3666.
In California, there’s a recall for the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell car. This affects 2017 model year cars and 471 vehicles are a part of the recall.
2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
The issue for this recall is with the electronic control units and the software needs to be updated.
A notification will display in the car and a driver should pull off to safety when the chance arrives.
Notices will be mailed to owners this month. Cars should be taken to a Honda Fuel Cell dealership in California for repairs.
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If you have any problems getting an update on your electronic control unit, give us a call at (877) 955-3666 and we will help you with your claim.