When you pay for a new vehicle, you would expect everything to be in top condition. A brand new car must drive, feel and look completely new. Most people do not notice defects until they are involved in major accidents that lead to injuries or deaths. Fortunately, there is a law that protects the public and helps them seek reparation for purchasing a defective vehicle. When a vehicle continuously gets in trouble for poor performance, then an owner may seek compensation from the retailer or the manufacturer of the vehicle that is in question. This is called the Lemon law and vehicles that do not meet the standard set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission are called “lemons”.
Recently, Toyota recalled thousands of lemon vehicles for complaints, deaths and injuries caused by accelerator pedals getting jammed on some of their cars’ matting. The company issued several solutions to all their cars that fall under particular models and production dates. Matting and pedal fixes were given to clients to address the issue. The Lemon law not only covers brand new vehicles but also second-hand ones sold throughout the country. When used car dealers sell vehicles without telling customers the true condition of the cars being acquired, then they may be liable to compensate customers who were dealt with defective vehicles.
If you are one of these people, hire a personal injury lawyer who could help you get compensated for a vehicle that puts your life at risk. These vehicles have been the leading causes of deaths in the country and laws have been made to deal with ruthless people who continue to sell despite the risks to the customers.
One controversy concerning the law, however, is its inability to apprehend car rental owners. There are many defective vehicle complaints concerning the car rental industry but for some reason, they have always been excused to rent out defective or recalled vehicles. This is alarming considering that the country spends billions of dollars from auto accidents resulting from bad vehicles. Imagine if you were a tourist who rented a lemon that got you in an accident. How would you feel if the car rental services that you hired did not pay for the injuries that you have sustained? Car rental lemons have fueled a nationwide debate whether to include these unscrupulous businessmen under the Lemon law and make them liable for hiring out defective vehicles or not.
Still, if you have purchased a vehicle and have almost always brought it to the dealer to fix it under warranty or not, here are the criteria that your vehicle should meet. It must have been in and out of the car dealer service center for 4-5 times before the defect qualifies as “major”, meaning it has to be a persistent defect that the dealer have not fixed since you bought your vehicle. Some states require that a lemon should be fixed many times within a period of 1 year and a half, and that the defect must be significant and not just a simple problem concerning the windshield.
Lastly, the car dealer service center must have been given enough time to fix the persistent problem of your vehicle. If all of these are met, and your vehicle is not quickly replaced voluntarily, then consider hiring a personal injury lawyer because you might be entitled to a cash discount, full refund or a new replacement for your vehicle.