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Are Tech Cars More Prone to Recurring Issues?

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  June 11, 2024

We’ve come a long way when it comes to car safety technology. From airbags to antilock brakes, more features can help drivers avoid accidents. However, with the competition for manufacturers to build bigger, better cars with new technology, can this pose a reliability risk?

While the answer may not be black and white, here’s what consumers need to know.

 

Are Tech Cars More Prone to Recurring Issues?

In recent years, the automotive industry has integrated advanced technologies like Bluetooth, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warnings for safety and convenience. However, these programs can also lead to recurring problems.

A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) survey found that multiple vehicle owners reported issues with the embedded tech after repairs. The survey, which focuses on cars with front crash prevention, blind-spot detection, or other visibility-enhancing cameras, found that those who needed crash avoidance features repaired often faced unresolved problems.

Repairing modern cars, especially when it involves adjusting advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), has become difficult for both consumers and technicians. This complexity can cause ongoing problems, even after a repair seems successful.

 

What Are the Top Tech Complaints With Cars?

As automotive technology advances, certain recurring issues have become common pain points for car owners. According to a report by the New York Times, some of the most frequently cited tech-related complaints include:

  • Bluetooth Pairing Issues: Drivers struggle with integrating smartphones and in-car Bluetooth, causing connectivity problems. 
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring Malfunctions: Unreliable blind-spot detection can compromise safety and awareness. 
  • Lane Departure Warning System Glitches: Inconsistent performance of lane-keeping features undermines driver confidence.  
 

How Dangerous Are Tech Problems?

Automotive technology brings both benefits and risks. When a vehicle’s tech system doesn’t work properly, it can immediately affect safety and reduce driver trust, possibly causing distracted driving.

An Esurance survey found that driver-assistance technologies like warning sounds and blinking lights can be as distracting as texting or talking on the phone while driving.

 

Are Electronics Covered Under My Car Warranty?

Most manufacturers offer warranties that cover defects or malfunctions in electronic and computer systems, including Bluetooth, blind-spot sensors, and lane departure warning systems.

That said, warranty details can vary by manufacturer and model, so be sure to review the warranty’s duration, the claim process and any limitations or exclusions related to the vehicle’s tech features.

 

When Do I Need a Lemon Law Attorney?

The California lemon law can help protect consumers who buy or lease a vehicle with recurring issues the manufacturer can’t fix after a reasonable number of attempts. If your car is deemed a “lemon,” you may be able to get a replacement or a full refund.

To qualify for lemon law protection in California, you must meet these criteria:

  • The vehicle has a significant defect covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. 
  • The defect hasn’t been repaired after several attempts. 
  • The defect impairs the car’s use, value, or safety.
 

Having Repeated Tech Problems? Contact Our California Lemon Law Firm Today!

Norman Taylor & Associates is dedicated to helping consumers get the compensation or replacement they deserve. We’ll evaluate your case, guide you through the legal process, and ensure your rights are protected under the California lemon law.

Don’t let a faulty 2018 or newer vehicle compromise your safety or finances. Call 818-244-3905 or contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation!

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