Around 1% of all vehicles sold in the state of California are lemons – vehicles that will never perform as advertised or promised due to one or more defects. If you have purchased a lemon, you are entitled to a refund or a replacement under California Lemon Law. The best way to find out is through a free case review at the Redondo Beach office of Kirtland & Packard.
What Makes and Models are Owned by FCA?
There are a number of cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans manufactured under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) umbrella. These include:
- Alfa Romeo
In May, FCA issued a recall for 600,000 vehicles in the United States. Some of those had wiring issues that could cause the vehicles to lose power steering; some had a defective latch that allowed the tailgate to open while the vehicle was operating. In June, FCA recalled 342,836 additional vehicles due to a software issue that could disable airbags.
These recalls followed several others and will be proceeded by many more – and they don’t even cover the full range of potential issues that could qualify a vehicle as a lemon.
It is important to remember that a lemon is often a one-off and may be experiencing problems that are not impacting a larger group of vehicles. If your car, truck, or SUV has spent more than 30 days in the shop and has fewer than 18,000 miles or has been driven for fewer than 18 months, you may have a lemon.
Common FCA Defects
Common defects with FCA vehicles include:
- Engine failure
- Steering problems
- Wiring issues
- Shifting and transmission problems
- Acceleration issues
- Erratic RPMs
- Brake failure
- Strut failure
Far from an exhaustive list, the above represent only some of the most common issues that can see FCA vehicles in the shop repeatedly. If your car has been in the repair shop two or more times for the same issue, you may have a lemon and you may be entitled to compensation.
When to Call a Lemon Law Attorney
If your car qualifies as a lemon in California, you are entitled to a refund for the purchase price, applicable taxes, and licensing fees, or a replacement of the vehicle. However, getting what is fair is not always as simple and straightforward as it should be. It can be useful to consult with an attorney before you take your case to a dealership, just to make sure all of your bases are covered.
Your case review is always free at Kirtland & Packard. Call us at 310-536-1000 to schedule your complimentary consultation and let us help you determine the best course of action. We welcome clients from Torrance and surrounding South Bay communities at our Redondo Beach office.