Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported over 900 recalls that affected 55 million automobiles, which means recalls are not a rare occurrence.

At Shainfeld Law, P.C., our California lemon law attorney in Los Angeles knows that manufacturers issue recalls on their vehicles all the time, mostly to avoid a lawsuit if something goes terribly wrong.

Unfortunately, the number of recalls — or their purposes — is not how the California Lemon Law is applied.

If you suspect your California vehicle is a lemon, we can help you understand the documentation you need to prove it.

What Do I Need to Prove to File a Lemon Law Claim in California?

The California Lemon Law states that a new or used vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s warranty is considered a lemon if:

  • A defect substantially impairs the performance, safety, or value of the vehicle.
  • The defect has not been repaired after a reasonable number of attempts.
  • The vehicle has been out of service for at least 30 days, which do not have to be consecutive.

That does not mean your vehicle recall does not qualify as a lemon. The difference is, whether you had your vehicle serviced for the same issue that is outlined in the recall.

For example, let’s say you have a minivan that has a problem with the sliding door, as in maybe it does not open/close properly and is impacting the safety of your children or other passengers when they enter/exit. To avoid this danger, you take it to the dealership multiple times to get it fixed — with no remedy. If that is the same reason for the recall, you may be ahead of it.

However, if there is a recall on your minivan because of the sliding door issue, but it has never been a problem with your vehicle, the recall may not transfer to a lemon law claim.

What is the Best Way to Know if My Vehicle Qualifies for a California Lemon Law Claim?

Contact our experienced Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling 888-609-2593 or request a free consultation online. We have a 99% success rate, and typically produce results for our California lemon law clients in as little as 30-60 days.

The vehicle manufacturer will also be responsible for paying our legal fees, so you will never pay any out-of-pocket costs to pursue a positive outcome. Call us now to learn more.