California law specifies the circumstances that qualify for a lemon law claim. These cases are complicated and require intimate knowledge of the legal system. A lemon law attorney can help you determine whether or not you have a case. Your vehicle could qualify as a lemon if the defect is unable to be repaired, but if your vehicle or a part of your vehicle was recalled, you might not have a valid claim.
Vehicle Recalls Vs. Lemon Law
Vehicles are recalled for a variety of reasons each year. You will typically be approached by the dealer and asked to bring in your vehicle to correct the defect. If the dealership is able to fix the problem, then you can resume your life as usual without worrying about filing a lemon law claim. However, if the dealer failed to repair the issue, you could be eligible for a refund.
There are a few requirements that must be met in order for your vehicle to be considered a lemon including one or more of these qualifications:
- There’s a substantial defect with the vehicle.
- The defect occurred while the vehicle was under warranty and within 18,000 miles or 18 months of your purchase.
- You have made several (at least 2) attempts to fix the defect through the manufacturer, none of which worked.
- The vehicle has been under warranty repairs for more than 30 days.
- The vehicle defect involves a severe safety issue such as problems with seatbelts, steering or using the brakes.
If you’re concerned your vehicle is a lemon, please contact our attorney in California at (855) 341-2611 to discuss your potential lemon law case. The Law Office of Howard D. Silver serves clients throughout California including Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino.