When you buy or lease a car, it is not too much to ask for the vehicle to be able to drive straight.
General Motors is recalling some 640,000 sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, according to Consumer Reports. The American carmaker wants to take another look at faulty wheel-speed sensors that could cause cars to brake unexpectedly on one side, leading vehicles to veer out of their lanes.
“If a wheel-speed sensor fails in these vehicles, a software error in the vehicle’s electronic brake control module (EBCM) can cause the vehicle’s driveline-protection system to activate…,” the company said in a safety bulletin filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “If the driveline-protection system activates, the driver will experience unintended braking on the wheel on the opposite side of the failed sensor.”
The recall covers certain 2014-2018 GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks, as well as 2015-2020 GMC and Chevrolet SUVs. General Motors has notified owners of covered vehicles. The company is offering to fix the software defect responsible for the problem, free of charge.
How California’s Lemon Law Works
Car recalls like the new one from GM are an unfortunately common occurrence. It seems like every week there is news of one automaker or another calling back vehicles over defects that pose serious safety hazards.
The good news for car owners and lessors in California is that the state’s lemon law provides some important protections. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to make repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. A manufacturer that is unwilling or unable to make those repairs is forced to buy the car back and compensate the owner for related financing and other costs. The manufacturer can offer instead to replace the vehicle, but it is the owner’s decision whether to accept that option.
Because there is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the law kicks in, it is important to consult an experienced California lemon law attorney. The law forces the manufacturer to pick up the bill for any legal fees that you incur enforcing your rights.
Talk to a California Lemon Law Attorney Today
If you are a car owner or lessor whose vehicle is defective or has been recalled, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options to work to ensure that the carmaker is held fully accountable.
At the Bickel Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping the people we represent the compensation they deserve.
Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney today.