Car of the Month – Tesla Under Fire Over Model X and S Battery Issues
Norman Taylor & Associates
December 18, 2019
Tesla Under Investigation
An official investigation has been opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) due to a battery pack defect in Tesla Models X and S vehicles manufactured between 2012 and 2019. The defect could potentially cause the car to go on fire without crashing. If you are the owner of a Tesla Model X or S, you may be eligible for a full buyback on your defective vehicle under lemon law. Here’s what you need to know.
The Battery Problem With Tesla Models X and S
Some Tesla Model X and S vehicles are spontaneously bursting into flames, and it goes without saying that this is a severe safety issue for owners, passengers, and those who are sharing the road. It is speculated that the battery problem stemmed from battery software updates made in May of 2019 in 2012 through 2019 Model X and S vehicles.
The defect petition filed also accuses Tesla of using the software updates to cover up these battery issues. Additionally, owners of these vehicles are complaining that the drive mile range was shortened after the battery software update.
What Consumers Need to Do
While you may be entitled to compensation under the class action lawsuit against Tesla, it may be more beneficial to opt-out of the class-action suit lawsuit and file a lemon law claim as your compensation could be better. Before making a decision, it’s critical to know the difference between class action lawsuits and lemon law claims. Here’s how each works:
Class Action Lawsuits
A class-action lawsuit can be filed when there is a confirmed wide-spread issue with a particular model vehicle. A class-action suit typically involves one plaintiff or small group of plaintiffs that file the petition in court, representing all consumers who have purchased the same model.
Class action suits do not usually offer large settlements for an individual consumer. However, if the vehicle owner’s problems are covered under lemon law, they may be able to file a separate claim.
Lemon Law Claims
Vehicle owners who have made a reasonable number of attempts to have a defect repaired through an authorized dealership, and the problem has not been resolved, may be eligible to file a lemon law claim. Under lemon law, the vehicle owner may be entitled to a full buyback of their car.
Contact a California Lemon Law Attorney
Enlisting the help of an experienced lemon law attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Mr. Taylor wrote the book on Lemon Law. To find out if you qualify for a buyback or significant cash on your Tesla Model X or S vehicle, contact Norman Taylor & Associates today at (818) 244-3905 for your free case evaluation.