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Electric Vehicle Lemon Law

electric vehicle charging batteryAs electric vehicles (EVs) become more prevalent on California roads, it’s essential for consumers to understand their rights under the state’s lemon law. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, along with the Tanner Consumer Protection Act, make up the California Lemon Law, providing protections for purchasers of defective vehicles, including EVs. This article explores how the lemon law applies to electric vehicles and what consumers should do if they believe they have purchased a lemon. For advice and representation tailored to your specific needs, contact Nita Lemon Law Firm to speak with an experienced and successful California lemon law attorney.

What Qualifies as a Lemon Under California Law?

California’s lemon law covers new and (in some cases) used vehicles purchased or leased for personal, family, or household use. To qualify as a lemon, a vehicle must have a defect that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety. The manufacturer must have made a reasonable number of attempts to repair the defect without success before a lemon law claim is viable.

For an electric vehicle to be considered a lemon, one of the following must typically apply:

  • Four or more attempts to repair the same issue.
  • Two attempts if the defect is likely to cause serious injury or death.
  • 30 days or more out of service due to any combination of defects.

These factors create a legal presumption that the vehicle is a lemon, but other evidence may be introduced to show that the vehicle is a lemon as well.

Common Issues with Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles come with their unique set of potential defects, some of which might qualify them as lemons under California law. Common EV issues include:

  • Battery Problems: EVs rely on batteries, which can have defects such as rapid degradation, failure to hold a charge, or complete failure.
  • Charging Issues: Problems with charging can render an EV unusable. These can include slow charging, failure to charge, or issues with the onboard charger.
  • Electrical System Failures: EVs are complex, and their electrical systems can experience failures that affect drivability, such as faulty software, motor issues, or problems with the regenerative braking system.
  • Safety Concerns: Any defect that poses a safety risk, such as malfunctioning airbags, brakes, or steering, is critical. EV batteries that pose a risk of fire can be a significant safety concern as well.

Steps to Take if You Suspect Your EV is a Lemon

If you suspect your electric vehicle is a lemon, there are several steps you should take to protect your rights. First, document the defects. Keep detailed records of all the issues your EV experiences. Note the date, nature of the problem, and the impact on the vehicle’s use. Maintain copies of all repair orders and communications with the dealership or manufacturer.

Next, ensure that the manufacturer has the opportunity to repair the defect. Take your EV to an authorized repair facility and keep track of each visit, including the outcomes. If the defects persist despite reasonable repair attempts, consult with a lemon law attorney. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and navigate the legal process. They can assist in negotiating a replacement vehicle, refund, or cash compensation.

Remedies Under California Lemon Law

If your EV qualifies as a lemon, California lemon law entitles you to several potential remedies:

  • Vehicle Replacement: The manufacturer may be required to replace your defective vehicle with a comparable new one.
  • Refund: You may be entitled to a refund of the purchase price, including down payments, monthly payments, and incidental expenses such as towing and rental cars.
  • Cash Compensation: In some cases, you might decide to keep the car and receive a cash settlement to compensate for the diminished value of your vehicle due to its defects.

Why Choose Nita Lemon Law Firm?

Navigating lemon law claims can be complex, especially with the unique issues related to electric vehicles. At Nita Lemon Law Firm, we help California consumers resolve their lemon law disputes. Our experienced team understands the intricacies of EV defects and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

We provide personalized service to each client, ensuring that your case receives the attention it deserves. Our attorney will work closely with you to understand your situation and build a strong case. With a proven record of success in lemon law cases, we have the expertise needed to handle your claim efficiently and effectively. We have helped numerous clients get fair resolutions for their defective vehicles.

At Nita Lemon Law Firm, we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no upfront fees, and we only get paid if we win your case. This ensures that you can pursue your claim without financial stress.

Contact Nita Lemon Law Firm for Help With Defective Electric Vehicles and California Lemon Law Claims

If you are experiencing persistent issues with your electric vehicle, you might have a lemon. Understanding your rights under California lemon law and taking the appropriate steps can help you secure the remedies you deserve. Contact Nita Lemon Law Firm today for a free consultation and let us help you navigate the lemon law process with confidence. Call 213-232-5055 in Los Angeles or 877-921-5256 statewide. Let us help you get back on the road with peace of mind.

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