California Lemon Law News + Info

Can I file a Lemon Law claim if the defect was caused by a natural disaster or accident?

If you own or lease a car with a defect that won’t seem to go away, you might have considered filing a lemon law claim. The California Lemon Law protests consumers who bought or leased defective vehicles by allowing them to recover a vehicle replacement or refund, should their vehicle be found a lemon during a lawsuit or arbitration.

A vehicle problem is considered a manufacturing defect if it substantially impairs the vehicle’s use, value or safety and cannot be fixed within a reasonable number of repair attempts.

However, if a vehicle problem is caused by an accident or by a natural disaster, then you may not be able to file a claim under the California Lemon Law.

That’s because the California Lemon Law leaves out vehicle problems that are not the fault of the auto manufacturer. For example, the California Lemon Law does not cover problems that are caused by natural disasters, accidents, aftermarket parts, modifications, or abuse, neglect and lack of maintenance of the vehicle.

However, it is possible for a recurring vehicle problem to cause an accident. If your vehicle has a manufacturing defect that puts you at risk of an accident or has outright caused a vehicle collision, your vehicle may be a lemon.

If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, research its history and look for titles such as “flood damage,” “water damage” or even “lemon” titles. Flood and water damage titles may indicate the vehicle being totaled due to a flood, and “lemon” titles will indicate that the vehicle was repurchased as part of a lemon law claim.

If you’re unsure whether your vehicle qualifies under the California Lemon Law, learn about defects covered by the lemon law, other lemon law criteria and how to prepare for a lemon law claim. Then, contact a lemon law attorney for a free consultation.

Hire A Lemon Law Attorney

An experienced lemon law attorney will help you prepare your claim and increase your chances of winning against an auto manufacturer in a lemon law claim. The best part: it costs you nothing out of pocket. Our lemon law attorneys are paid on a contingency basis, meaning that their payment is contingent upon the outcome of your case. If you lose, you pay nothing. If you win, the auto manufacturer pays your attorney’s fees and costs.

It all starts with an initial consultation. Call our lemon law team at (877) 222-2222.

Lemon Law Help by Knight Law Group is an automotive lemon law firm that exclusively practices in California. If you are a California resident who purchased or leased a defective vehicle from a licensed dealership in California, we may be able to help you get rid of your potential lemon and recover significant cash compensation. Model year restrictions apply: 2017–Present vehicle models only.

However, we cannot help those who reside outside of California or purchased their vehicle outside of California unless they are active duty members of the Armed Forces, nor will we be able to refer those to a lemon law firm in their states.

To learn more about the California Lemon Law and your legal rights, visit our guides on the California Lemon Law and Used Car Lemon Law for more information.

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