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Vehicle Problems Not Covered Under Lemon Law

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  March 7, 2019

California lemon law offers consumers protection against persistent problems after the purchase of a vehicle. While there are many vehicle defects that are covered under lemon law, the following are the exception to the rule:

Owner Negligence

In order for a car to qualify as a lemon under lemon law, it must have been sold with a warranty and have a significant defect. The defect must be a substantial impairment that affects the use, value or safety of the vehicle. If the defects are sustained due to owner neglect, abuse or lack of proper maintenance and care, then the problem would not be covered under lemon law.

Defects Caused By Accidents

If the driver of a vehicle under warranty gets into a car accident which causes a defect, then this will not be covered under lemon law. For example, if the vehicle is under warranty, electrical car problems are covered under lemon law. However, should the vehicle be involved in an auto accident, and then begins to have electrical issues, it will not be covered under lemon law.

Unauthorized Repairs or Alterations of the Vehicle.

If you are experiencing problems with your vehicle that is under warranty, it should only be serviced by an authorized agent specified by the manufacturer. If you attempt to repair the problem yourself or take it to your local mechanic, then your claim could be void under lemon law.

If your car is under warranty and you are experiencing any of the following defects, you may be eligible to file a claim under lemon law.

  • Airbag defects
  • Mold from air conditioner
  • Antilock brake system failures
  • Body problems/ paint defects
  • Brake pedal failures
  • Defective seat belts/ seat belt failure
  • Electrical problems
  • Malfunctioning engine computer and cruise control
  • Engine fires
  • Engine failure
  • Fuel injection system leaks
  • Fuel line defects that can cause fires
  • Power steering loss
  • Premature brake and rotor wear
  • Steering pull
  • Stalling
  • Sudden and uncontrolled acceleration

If you are encountering persistent problems with your vehicle after repeated repair attempts by the manufacturer, you may have purchased a lemon. You have the right to recover damages under lemon law. Contact Norman Taylor & Associates at (888) 449-7639 for a free case evaluation today.

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