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Is my GM a lemon?

In  GM lemon law, there’s something called “lemon law presumption,” which is a set of criteria that your car must meet to be presumed a lemon in a court of law. While these GM lemon laws can differ from state to state, in California, your GM vehicle is deemed a lemon if your car exhibits serious and persistent issues in the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of buying your car that can’t be repaired, even after several visits to a mechanic. There are additional considerations if your car is part of a GM recall, but in general, these guidelines apply to all cars that are potential lemons.

Common GM Defects

In the past, there have been numerous GM recalls and issues related to GM brands. Always be sure to check TSBs and GM recall list to see if any of the items might apply to your GM. Below we’ve listed some common issues found in GM car brands. Issues that may deem your car a lemon are not limited to the list below — if you’re experiencing any persistent mechanical problems with your GM vehicle while it’s still under warranty, reach out to Lemon Law Now today so we can help you with the next steps in getting your GM lemon law buyback through a GM lemon law claim.

  • Issues with navigation
  • Engine issues or failure
  • Oil leaks
  • Rough idling
  • Slipping out of or problems getting into gear
  • More engine vibration than is common
  • Faulty dashboard lights
  • Defefctive A/C
  • Power steering problems
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How Shainfeld Law Can Help With Your GM Lemon Law Claim

General Motors Lemon Law

Taking on a GM lemon law case by yourself can be daunting. Often times, even if your GM qualifies as a lemon, the GM manufacturer will try to fight back. In this case, it’s extremely important to have a competent, well-informed team on your side. At Lemon Law Now, we’ve got GM lemon law cases down to a science, and are fully equipped to deal with whatever your GM lemon law case throws our way.

General Motors Buybacks

Buybacks are another retribution option in these cases that Lemon Law-Now can guide you through. If you’d like more information on GM lemon laws and GM recall lists, or are ready to hit the ground running with your GM lemon law claim, give us a call today so we can guide you through the next steps of the process to getting your GM lemon law buyback or replacement.

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What’s a “reasonable number” of GM repair attempts?

In California GM lemon law, the GM manufacturer is only given a certain amount of repair attempts before you can start the GM lemon law process. Although the criteria for what constitutes a “reasonable number” of attempts differs depending on the state you live in, in California, the following scenarios listed below describe what that “reasonable number” of repair attempts mean. At least one of the following scenarios must occur:

  • Two or more attempts for issues that could cause death or serious injuries.
  • Four or more attempts for non-threatening issues.
  • 30 days (total) of the car being out of use because of problems.

Recent GM Recalls

Getting a recall letter from your auto dealership in the mail can leave you with many feelings. Some may be confused, unsure if it applies to their vehicle if they should continue to drive their automobile, or what the next step is. Others may simply set it aside as another hassle in their busy lives, putting it off until the next oil change.

However, automobile owners should act with prudence and take their vehicle into the dealership as soon as possible when they receive a recall notice. They may be taking a serious risk by putting off an inspection of faulty equipment, sometimes with issues that can seriously hamper vehicle performance and safety measures.

When dealerships identify abnormal problems with vehicles (such as components faltering beyond normal wear and tear), they log them for the automaker to investigate. When GM manufacturers spot a trend in issues, they issue a recall notice for customers. Typically recalls are covered by dealerships, free of charge. If your vehicle meets the description and was manufactured within the range of dates that automakers identify as problematic, you only need to make an appointment with your nearest dealer and get the problem resolved.

Wonder if your vehicle has a pending recall? Maybe you purchased secondhand on the used the market and aren’t receiving notification from dealers? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tracks and posts recalls on their website in addition to auto manufacturers. All you need is your vehicle’s VIN, make and model to look up pending recalls. It’s best to take care of them as soon as possible to avoid the possible risk of injury or vehicle damage.

If you’re the owner of a GM vehicle, you’re not excluded! Here’s a list of recent examples of GM recalls:

October 2018 GM Recall of Cadillac’s Over Seat Belt Defects

In October of 2018, GM issued a recall for the 2018-2019 Cadillac CT6, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Volt, and GMC Yukon XL. The issue stems from certain second- and third-row rear seat belts not automatically locking when the seat belt is fully removed from the retractor, potentially leading to a child seat not being fully locked in place. GM will inspect and, if necessary, replace seat belt assemblies for owners free of charge; The nature of this recall makes it crucial to get it inspected and repaired immediately.

September 2018 GM Recall of 210,000 Chevrolet’s and Buick’s Over Faulty Brakes

GM has issued a recall of more than 210,000 vehicles due to a soft, spongy brake pedal. Improperly chromed rear brake pistons are leading to gas to form in the hydraulic circuit. This issue can cause serious problems on the road, as drivers may be unable to properly assess brake times. The full list of GM affected can be found on the GM and NHTSA websites. GM will assess and correct the brake pedal for GM owners at GM dealerships.

If you’re a GM owner, be sure to stay current on safety recalls and stay safe on the road!

At Lemon Law Now, our GM Lemon Law Lawyers are proud to offer our experienced legal services to clients across the great state of California, including all major cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Stockton, Riverside, Irvine, Santa Ana, Chula Vista, Fremont, Santa Clarita, San Bernardino, Modesto, Fontana etc. Our dedicated team of experienced attorneys is committed to providing comprehensive representation and seeking justice for our clients in every corner of the state. If you’re facing a lemon law issue, don’t hesitate to contact us for professional assistance in your area.

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After the torture we went through with our dealership on our Lemon Law car and the subsequent challenge of trying to find a responsive, knowledgeable attorney to represent our case, we were at our wit’s end and highly skeptical when we found Brett Shainfeld. However, we found Brett to be clear, communicative, immediately responsive and confident. He adapted quickly to our preferred mode of communication (electronic or voicemail, rather than live discussions), and consistently kept us informed as to what was happening with our case, as well as what to expect next. And the best part is that he successfully negotiated our case with the manufacturer.

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