Is your Volkswagen a lemon?

According to California lemon laws, a car that is experiencing persistent issues while under warranty and within 18 months or 18,000 miles is presumed to be a lemon. If this is the case, you’re eligible for a buyback or equivalent replacement. While lemon law criteria and standards vary from state to state, if you’re experiencing repeated problems with your car, contact us for an evaluation of your situation.

Common VW Defects

Clients have come to us with complaints about a number of Volkswagen models, from Beetles, Jettas, Golfs, Passats, Polos, Tiguans, GTIs, and more. Below is a list of common complaints, although defects that may qualify your vehicle as a lemon are not limited to this list. Check a VW recall list to see if any items apply to your vehicle.

Additionally, if you have a vehicle affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal (Audi A3, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Golf or Volkswagen Beetle) we recommend contacting us in order to handle your case, rather than joining a class-action suit. Handling your case individually will allow us to get you maximum recovery. Reach out to us today if you think you’re affected by the VW emissions recall, or any other VW recall. You may be eligible for a VW buyback.

  • Faulty dashboard lights
  • Oil, water, or fuel leaks
  • Steering column issues
  • Malfunctioning headlights
  • Engine failure
  • Trunk or door failures
  • ABS issues
  • Issues with mass airflow sensors
  • Electrical problems associated with radio or A/C

How LemonLawNow
can help

If your Volkswagen is under warranty, or your issues started while your car was still under warranty, there are laws in place to protect you. Even if your car falls under the “lemon law presumption”, the manufacturer has the opportunity to argue against this. That’s why it’s important to contact an attorney who is highly experienced in lemon law. Contact us today to speak with someone who knows the most efficient and rewarding process to get you the VW settlement you deserve.

What’s a “Reasonable Number of Attempts at Repair” for your Volkswagen?

In lemon law, the Volkswagen manufacturer doesn’t get an unlimited amount of time or attempts at fixing your VW — at a certain point, you must be compensated for the time, trouble, and expenses caused by your defective vehicle. In California, the criteria for “reasonable attempts at repair” are met if one of the following has occurred:

  • Your vehicle’s issues are such that they could cause death or bodily harm, the car has been in for repair two or more times, and the manufacturer has been notified of need for the repairs.
  • The car been in for repairs four or more times and the manufacturer has been notified of the need for repairs.
  • The issue has caused your car to be out of service for more than 30 days since your car was purchased.

Volkswagen Recalls

When a manufacturer calls in a set of vehicles from a particular model, manufacturing year, or a certain set of vehicle identification numbers (VINs) because of defects, that’s considered a recall. Cars are required to perform correctly under a certain set of safety standards, and when they don’t, manufacturers will fix these vehicles at no charge to the consumer. Recalls can either be issued by the manufacturer or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Typically, a manufacturer will notify the owners of affected vehicles so they’re able to bring their cars in for repairs. But it’s always a good idea to occasionally check the NHTSA website to learn of any recent recalls.

Most notably, the German automaker made headlines for being front and center amid the Volkswagen emissions scandal (also known as “dieselgate”). Along with a number of other recalls, the manufacturer got in serious hot water over violating the Clean Air Act. The EPA discovered that Volkswagen had intentionally programmed many of their diesel engines to activate emissions controls only during emissions testing — meaning at every other moment, the engines were emitting more than 40 times the NO output allowed by the Clean Air Act. Over 11 million cars worldwide were affected, including 500,000 in the U.S. from model years 2009 through 2015.

As a result of the emissions scandal, the affected cars were treated like lemons more so than standard recalls, and the manufacturer was forced to offer a buyback to any consumer affected by the faulty diesel engines.

We’re listing out five recent Volkswagen recalls below. Check to see if your vehicle makes the list — if it does, you’ll be eligible for free repairs from your vehicle’s dealership. You should also check the NHTSA or Volkswagen websites to see if your car is listed there under a recent Volkswagen recall.

Recent Volkswagen Recalls

  1. Nissan recalled over 150,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because of an issue with the ignition switch that could cause the car to shut off while in motion.
  2. Over 215,000 vehicles, including the Murano, Maxima and Pathfinder from 2015 to 2018 were recalled due to possible leaks from the anti-lock brake pump that could result in a fire.
  3. Around 105,000 Nissans were recalled as part of the Takata airbag debacle.
  4. The automaker recalled 483 Titans and Titan XDs from 2016 to 2018 for missing an important about the truck’s load carrying capacity.
  5. The 2017 Juke was recalled for an issue with the brake master cylinder that could leak fluid into the brake booster.

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