What Types of Problems Are Covered By The California Lemon Law?
When you purchase or lease a new vehicle, the last thing you expect is to be sitting in the service center of the dealership one month later while your car gets towed into the shop for work to be done on it. When this is the case, and once you’ve attempted to resolve the issue with the manufacturer under the proper guidelines, your vehicle may be deemed a lemon under California Lemon Law.
Exactly what problems are covered by California Lemon Law? Your vehicle has faced issue after issue and you’re ready to start the Lemon Law legal process, so let’s look at what types of problems are under the purview of Lemon Law.
The California Lemon Law covers problems occurring in motor vehicles for personal or commercial purchase or lease that come with a manufacturer’s warranty, including cars, trucks, SUVs, vans and the chassis and drivetrain in a motorhome. The types of problems covered under the lemon law includes issues the substantially impair the safety, use or value of the vehicle. This would include issues to components such as the cooling system, airbag system, braking system, suspension, driveline, engine defects, rear differential, axle system, and turbocharger.
The law also makes room for issues related to safety lights, such as the check engine light, SRS warning lights or brake warning lights. It can also cover electrical issues affecting the vehicle, as well as navigation system problems, power windows, door locks, power seats and other add-ons. The law can protect from vapor issues as well, including tailpipe smoke, air conditioning problems and fuel injection issues.
It’s important to note that the law is specific in terms of what the warranty covers and the range of the warranty. It’s highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with a new vehicle’s warranty prior to purchase, and retain access to warranty information during your ownership.
Just as well, there is a range of defects that are not covered by California lemon law. This includes issues that result from driver negligence, demonstrated through improper driving, accidents or improper maintenance. Accident history is a major factor as well, and should you get in an accident, it is highly recommended that you have your vehicle inspected front to back to insulate yourself from problems that the manufacturer’s will void responsibility for. Finally, unauthorized repairs or vehicle alterations can result in a voiding of the warranty and lead to your Lemon Law case being compromised.