What is the lemon law?When Californians talk about the “lemon law” what they are usually referring to is the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, Civil Code Section 1790, et seq. Under Song-Beverly, warrantors (usually manufacturers) have to comply with their written warranty. If they can’t fix a covered product after a reasonable opportunity, then they have to buy it back or offer a replacement. If they don’t comply with their warranty obligations, you can bring a “lemon law lawsuit.”
What does California’s lemon law cover?The Song-Beverly Act covers more than just cars. The attorneys at Conn Law, PC have brought “lemon law” cases for motorcycles, boats, RVs, and even defective faucets. Almost any consumer product that comes with a warranty is covered by the lemon law.
Is my car a lemon?Under the Song-Beverly Act, there are three basic requirements before you can bring a lemon law claim:
There has to be a “substantial” nonconformity. That means, a defect that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle to you.
You have to give the manufacturer or its representatives a “reasonable opportunity” to repair the vehicle. You almost always need to give them at least two tries, sometimes, at least four.
The manufacturer has to be unable to fix the defect after a “reasonable number of attempts”
If all three requirements apply to you, your car could be lemon and you may have a claim. Give us a call.