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What Car Companies Have the Most Lemons?

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  September 14, 2020

Each year, thousands of vehicles are sold to consumers with pieces or parts that don’t work or function as they should. While some of these defects are harmless, others can be extremely hazardous to the vehicle’s passengers and others on the road. Known as “lemons,” these defective vehicles must legally be repaired, replaced, or refunded by the manufacturer.

While nearly every car company has, at one point or another, sold a vehicle with a defective part, there are certain companies that time and time again manufacture, market, and sell vehicles that pose a safety risk to consumers.

There are a lot of factors that play a role in tracking lemon law statistics, so it’s difficult to say which one company has the most lemons. A recent comparison study conducted by showcased how certain car brands fare when it comes to the manufacturing and selling of vehicles that were later considered lemons.

Here are some of the car companies that have historically had the most lemons:


While Ford paved the way for the popularity of the modern-day car and fast-paced production, the company is regularly listed on lemon law cases. Some of the most recent Ford models that turned out to be lemons include:

Ford Escape (2008-2013)

This one may surprise you, given that this was a popular model at the time and one of the most top-selling vehicles. However, the attractive low-price came at another, hidden cost: defects that ranged from relatively minor to catastrophic. The company was hit by multiple complaints for these vehicles, including:

  • A “check engine” warning light illumination
  • “Tire pressure” warning light illumination
  • SRS/airbag warning lights illumination
  • Loss of power
  • Hard-start and no-start
  • Engine stalling
  • Suspension and brake problems
  • A/C issues
  • SYN/MY TOUCH infotainment malfunction
  • Automatic transmission problems
  • Power steering, alignment, and pulling problems

Ford Focus (2008-2013)

Like the Ford Escape, the Ford Focus came with many mechanical problems that led to consumer complaints, including:

  • Transmission trouble
  • Car-jerking and difficulty steering
  • Overheated gear shift and loss of power
  • Engine stalling
  • Steering problems
  • Faulty door latches
  • Suspension issues

General Motors

General Motors is one of the leading manufacturers for vehicles in the U.S., which core brands including the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. Unfortunately, these also have a history of exhibiting safety concerns during the warranty period.

You may remember that General Motors issued a recall for over one million vehicles back in 2018 due to issues with the power steering system, which had already led to thirty car accidents and multiple injuries. Such vehicles that were part of the recall included:

  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2015 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2015 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2015 GMC Yukon


Historically speaking, Fiat produces the most lemons. According to data from the study by, the car company produces about one lemon per every 76,808 vehicles produced. Compare this to the other side of the spectrum, Toyota, which produces the least number of lemon vehicles—about one lemon per every 11,655,566.

Some of the most recent Fiat lemons 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 years of the following models: 500, 500C, 500L, 500X, 500 Pop, 124 spider, and 500e. Common problems included:

  • Transmission issues such as lunging, jumping, jerking, or not functioning properly
  • Leaking oil, water, coolant, and other vehicle fluids
  • Misalignment
  • Electrical and computer system problems
  • Engine issue (i.e., failure, loss of power, sluggishness)
  • Brake failure and overheating
  • Check engine and other warning lights illuminating
  • Vibration in the axles, transmission, steering column, or brakes

What To Do If You Have a Lemon

Purchasing or leasing one of the vehicles we listed above doesn’t necessarily mean that yours is unsafe to drive. However, we urge you to stay informed of your rights as a consumer and stay updated with recent recalls, defects, or consumer complaints. You can search your vehicle or a specific defect on

If you have any specific questions regarding your vehicle, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Norman Taylor & Associates. Our head attorney, Norman Taylor, focuses his practice solely on this specific area and even wrote the book on lemon law that is used by juries in all California lemon law cases. We will ensure your rights are protected and help you take legal action.

Contact Norman Taylor & Associates at (888) 449-7639 to get started with a FREE consultation today!

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