Common Defects that Qualify for California’s Lemon Law

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This is the second part of a four-part blog series about determining if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon under California law.

The California Lemon law protects consumers when they buy a lemon vehicle. If the vehicle cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts or is in service for warranty repairs an excessive number of days, a consumer may be entitled to their money back or a replacement vehicle.


To qualify as a lemon, the defect must substantially impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle. While some defects may not be big enough to qualify the vehicle as a lemon, set forth below is a list of defects that the lemon law may protect you from:

  • Engine – These types of defects seriously affect the operation of the vehicle.
  • Electrical System – Problems with the electrical system can create serious complications and even cause an accident.
  • Transmission – When the transmission is defective, the vehicle cannot properly change gears or operate as it is supposed to.
  • Brakes – A major problem that can easily cause an accident.
  • Leaks – Unrepaired fluid leaks can damage the engine or internal systems of the vehicle.
  • Doors – Although door problems may seem insignificant, they can create serious problems for occupants, especially in an emergency.
  • Steering – These defects cause severe problems with the operation of the vehicle. If the problem occurs unexpectedly, it can cause an accident.

There are many other types of defects that can lead to a vehicle being classified as a lemon. So long as the problem affects the use, value, or safety of the vehicle and cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, Riverside new car lemon law lawyer Howard D. Silver can help. For a free consultation about your case call (866) 49-LEMON today.