Which Auto Manufacturers Have the Most Lemons?

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Man and Woman with Broken Down Car on HighwayIn 2018, nearly one in four vehicles on the road was under active recall, translating to around 47 million recalled vehicles in the U.S. last year. The domestic manufacturers who saw the highest number of recalls were, in order:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors (GM)
  • Fiat Chrysler (FCA)

The international manufacturers who saw the highest number of recalls were, in order:

  • BMW
  • Nissan
  • Mercedes

What Makes a Car a Lemon?

Under California Lemon Law, you may be entitled to a refund or a replacement of your new vehicle if multiple attempts at fixing an operational issue fail to produce results. Each case is unique, but in general, lemon law applies to new or leased vehicles that have been driven fewer than 18,000 miles and owned/leased for fewer than 18 months. However, there are exceptions, extended warranties, and other factors that can come into play that may still make you eligible for a refund or replacement vehicle after this time has passed. Contact our Redondo Beach Lemon Law lawyers for a free case review to learn more.

Top Ten Lemon Vehicles

The Center for Auto Safety has poured over the complaint index compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to identify the vehicles that are most often returned as lemons. According to their research, published in the 2019 Car Book, the top ten lemon vehicles in the United States, in order, are:

  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Tesla Model S
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Dodge Journey
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA

These vehicles received the most consumer complaints in 2018 and resulted in the largest number of returns and refunds. However, your vehicle does not have to be among the most common lemons to qualify as a clunker.

Can I Seek Compensation for My Lemon?

Under Lemon Law, you are entitled to a refund of your purchase price, plus taxes and fees but minus wear-and-tear, if you have purchased or leased a lemon. You may also choose an equivalent replacement vehicle in some cases.

You are not entitled to compensation beyond that unless your vehicle’s defect resulted in serious or fatal injury. In cases where a defective vehicle causes harm, additional compensation can be sought for medical expenses, lost wages, personal pain and suffering, and all related damages. If your claim qualifies for a personal injury suit, we can discuss this option during your complimentary case review.

Contact Kirtland & Packard to Learn More

If you are in need of a Lemon Law lawyer in Redondo Beach, Torrance, or surrounding Southern California communities, call Kirtland & Packard at 310-536-1000 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation. Experienced and dedicated, our attorneys are here to review your claim free of cost and obligation to help you understand all of your options and to guide you towards the most effective course of action.