Life Threatening Defects and California’s Lemon Law

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

car-crash-tree-6479602.jpgCalifornia’s Lemon Law is designed to protect consumers from defective vehicles and hold manufacturers responsible for the products they create. However, some defects are more dangerous than others and therefore stricter rules apply. For example, the California Lemon Law provides that vehicles with defects serious enough to cause bodily injury or death, can be deemed a lemon after two repair attempts instead of the normal four.

To guard against harm, it is important that consumers understand what may be considered a life threatening defect. The list includes:

  • Stalling: While this hazard can be caused by many types of defects, stalling is seen as incredibly dangerous as it can occur without warning, cause the driver to lose control of the car, and result in a serious or fatal accident.
  • Crash Safety Feature Failures: Problems with airbags and seatbelts are considered extremely dangerous, as a failure can make the injuries resulting from an accident much worse.
  • Brake Failure: A common yet serious defect which causes accidents in everyday situations and makes crashes worse than they normally would be.
  • Steering Problems: Can be caused by wheel, steering column, and axle defects and can cause loss of control of the vehicle or an accident.
  • Fuel Tank Problems: Leaking fuel tanks can destroy other vehicle parts, cause the engine to die unexpectedly, and create a fire if exposed to enough heat.

These defects, among many others, can cause a serious accident. Therefore lowering the number of repair attempts to qualify as a lemon vehicle is appropriate. San Bernardino lemon lawyer Howard D. Silver has the years of experience needed to help you find a solution to your lemon vehicle problem. For more information, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver at (866) 49-LEMON.