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Common types of defects that qualify for Lemon Law protection in California

The California Lemon Law provides legal protection for consumers who purchase or lease new or CPO Vehicles with substantial defects that the manufacturer or authorized dealer has been unable to repair within a reasonable number of attempts.

Also known as the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the California Lemon Law provides protection against a variety of defects for both new and CPO Vehicles that are still under warranty. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, among others. Some of the most common types of defects include:

  1. Engine and transmission problems
  2. Electrical system issues
  3. Suspension and steering issues
  4. Brake problems
  5. Air conditioning and heating system defects
  6. Fuel system problems
  7. Water leaks
  8. Defective paint of bodywork
  9. Inoperative or malfunctioning safety equipment, such as airbags or seat belts
  10. Persistent issues with the vehicle’s audio or navigation systems

It is important to note that in order for a defect to qualify for Lemon Law protection in California, it must substantially impair the use, value or safety of the new or CPO Vehicle, and the manufacturer or authorized dealer must have been given a reasonable opportunity to repair the defect. Additionally, the defect must have occurred within a certain time frame or mileage limit after the purchase or lease of the vehicle.

To fully understand the law and ensure that your rights are protected, we strongly encourage you to speak with our Lemon Law attorneys at Strategic Legal Practices (, one of California’s premier Lemon Law litigators. We will guide you through the process to help you receive the compensation you deserve —whether it’s a Lemon Law Buyback of a replacement vehicle or a full refund for your car, along with any related costs you may have incurred.

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