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As consumers strive to make purchases and back corporations that are helping preserve the planet, they may be faced with similar mechanical challenges as those who purchase or lease non-electric vehicles.
When something goes wrong, consumers rely on the vehicle’s manufacturer warranty to get it fixed and back on the road.
But what happens when an electric vehicle’s defect cannot be fixed by the manufacturer after a certain number of attempts?
Our lemon lawyer in California can help. Here is how.
The California Lemon Law Applies to All Defective Vehicles Under the Manufacturer’s Warranty
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 applies to gas-powered, hybrid, and electric vehicles.
One example is the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan.
The manufacturer is warning owners not to charge their vehicles due to a fire risk that is likely due to the corrosion of an electrical connection involving Pacifica’s 12-volt battery system.
The risk of fire is not confined to a charging vehicle. In fact, the manufacturer is warning owners not to park the Pacifica in an enclosed space, including a garage or structure, as it may catch fire even when it is not plugged in.
Chrysler does not have a solution for the fire hazard yet and will alert owners to the remedy once they do. In the meantime, if your electric, hybrid, or gas-powered vehicle cannot be used due to a potential safety hazard, you may have a lemon law claim in California.
We can help you determine if your vehicle qualifies for a California lemon law claim during a free consultation.
Contact Our Skilled Lemon Law Attorney in Los Angeles for a Free Consultation Today
If your vehicle is still under the manufacturer’s warranty and exhibiting signs of being defective, contact our experienced Los Angeles Lemon Law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling 888-567-2279 or request a free consultation online.
It costs nothing to retain our experienced lemon lawyer, as all legal fees are paid by the manufacturer once the case is settled successfully.
Call us today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the manufacturer for your full recovery.