With so many manufacturers producing different styles of motor vehicles, today’s consumers have their pick of colors, designs, and more. But, because of the many options consumers have, they may be sidetracked by the appearance of their car and fail to consider its performance capabilities, safety concerns, or the stability of its structure. Forgetting to consider the quality of a potential new or used motor vehicle could increase the odds that the consumer may eventually be hiring an attorney to file a lawsuit on their behalf in order to obtain the relief they need from the lemon law.
Recently, Yahoo! News published an article outlining the seventeen worst motor vehicles being sold on today’s market and, while the author takes issue with many aesthetic features, he also draws the reader’s attention to certain safety concerns that should be studied before finalizing their purchase or lease.
Specifically, the author, James Riswick, points to the 2014 Scion IQ as the worst hatchback motor vehicle that consumers could purchase today. He considers that although this motor vehicle’s crash rating and generous airbag count indicate that it is safe because most Americans do not live in the crowded confines of Tokyo, the larger motor vehicles most Americans drive would likely destroy the 2014 Scion IQ in the case of an accident. He also identifies a lack of stability when this Scion is driven on busy highways. Consumers who elect to purchase or lease motor vehicles with safety defects such as these, or other performance or structure-related issues, are increasing the chances that they will eventually be requiring the assistance of an attorney to advise them of their legal rights under the lemon law.
Should the consumer be distracted by the countless choices related to interior design, wheel options, or sound system preferences, and find themselves struggling with the vehicle’s performance, structure, or safety, they should immediately contact an attorney who is experienced in litigating cases filed under the lemon law. It is likely that their attorney will recommend taking the vehicle into an authorized repair technician to make the necessary repair attempts to resolve defects before it becomes necessary to consider the lemon law as a potential solution. Once the consumer begins to recognize that the signs and symptoms of their vehicle defects are unfixable, the lemon law may be the only way to recoup the consumer’s expenses and return them to the financial position they were in before buying a defective motor vehicle. Fortunately, because of the many consumer protection provisions afforded by the lemon law, consumers will not have to worry about how they will pay for a qualified and dedicated attorney who is experienced in litigating cases in this area of California law. Under the lemon law, manufacturers of defective motor vehicles are responsible for covering the consumer’s attorney fees in addition to compensating them for the value of their defective car and any incidental charges incurred as a result.