On December 17, 2008, Big Three auto manufacturer, General Motors, began the recall of a small number (77) of 2009 Chevy Malibu Hybrids
The recall is based on cars failing to comply with a federal vehicle safety standard for windshield defogging and defrosting. In the affected vehicles, the heating and air conditioning system that keeps the windshield clear may fail to operate. If this happens while the car is on the road, the driver may not be able to see clearly and could crash as a result.
The recall will send the affected Malibu cars to a Chevy dealer, where the computer module that controls the heating and air conditioning system will be reprogrammed.
GM’s recall illustrates the care that auto manufacturers must take to ensure that a vehicle meets safety standards. Lemon laws in California help protect consumers who have unknowingly purchased cars that fail to meet standards of performance or safety.
Laws like these have awakened auto makers to their responsibility to the customer and have made California’s highways a little safer.
In this case, California lemon law would allow GM two attempts to correct the windshield defogging and defrosting problem before the car could be classified as a lemon. If the recurring problem was not safety related, the dealer or manufacturer would have four attempts to fix the problem.
If you have any questions about the California lemon law and how it affects your rights, please contact the law offices of Howard D. Silver by calling (855) 341-2611. Our skilled California lemon law attorneys look forward to speaking with you.