What is the California Lemon Law and How Is It Enforced?

The Lemon Lawyers in Glendale know that when our California clients believe their vehicle is a “lemon” there may be confusion about how to prove it. There may also be lingering misconceptions about how the California Lemon Law protects consumers from being stuck with an unreliable or unsafe vehicle.

At 911lemon.com, our Los Angeles County lemon lawyers will explain each of our California client’s rights and legal options to pursue the manufacturer for a remedy that meets their unique needs.

Here is what you need to know.

What is the Definition of a “Lemon” in California?

The California Lemon Law requires three crucial factors to be true before a consumer can pursue a legal remedy under its protections.

They include:

  • The vehicle has a defect
  • The vehicle defect impairs its use, safety, or value
  • The vehicle defect cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts by the manufacturer, dealership, or authorized mechanic

What Does the California Lemon Law Consider a “Reasonable Number of Attempts”?

Depending on the actual defect, the manufacturer’s reasonable number of attempts can vary.

They may include:

If a defective vehicle could cause serious bodily injury or death but could not be repaired by the manufacturer/dealership/mechanic after at least two attempts, it may be covered under the California Lemon Law.

If the manufacturer/dealership/mechanic has not fixed the same problem after four or more attempts, it may be covered under the California Lemon Law.

If the defective vehicle has been with the manufacturer/dealership/mechanic for more than 30 days total (consecutively or not) for warranty-covered issues and repairs, it may be covered under the California Lemon Law.

What Legal Remedies Can Be Pursued By Filing a California Lemon Law Claim?

When the dealer or manufacturer cannot repair the vehicle after a qualifying number of attempts, they must:

  • Replace the vehicle
  • Buyback the vehicle
  • Provide a cash settlement for their trouble and allow the consumer to keep the vehicle

If you have questions about pursuing a lemon law claim in California, contact our experienced Lemon Lawyers Los Angeles County today to review your case during a free consultation by calling (818) 251-5803.

Consumers who are successful in proving their lemon law claims will have all their legal fees paid directly by the manufacturer. That means it costs you nothing to partner with The Lemon Lawyers today. Call us now to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the manufacturer for your vehicle trouble, so you can move forward with confidence.