Repair Attempts and California Lemon Law

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

car-repair-116448.jpg Under the lemon law provisions of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, a vehicle may qualify as a lemon when the manufacturer or its authorized dealer “is unable to service or repair a new motor vehicle to meet the terms of an express written warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts.”

But what qualifies as a reasonable number of repair attempts?

Under the California’s Lemon Law, a reasonable number of repair attempts is dependent upon the nature of the defect. If the defect is dangerous enough that it is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, a minimum of two repair attempts may be enough.

On the other hand, if the defect is not dangerous or life-threatening, a reasonable number of repair attempts may be four unsuccessful trips to the dealer.

But a specific number of repair attempts is not required in every case. The California Lemon Law also states that if a vehicle is out of service for warranty repairs more than 30 days in the first 18 months of ownership or 18,000 miles of use, whichever occurs first, it may be a lemon vehicle.

Howard D. Silver, Los Angeles new car lemon law attorney, has the skills and experience to help you with your lemon vehicle. For more information, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today at (866) 49-LEMON.