Hyundai Steps Up Electric, Self-Driving Game
When it comes to making cars, just about everyone seems to be plugging in and going driverless these days, including the folks over at Hyundai.
The Korean automaker recently announced it is pouring $35 billion into “future mobility technology.” In other words, Hyundai is shifting some of its resources to developing cars that can run on electricity and do not require a human behind the wheel.
The initiative comes after Hyundai recently announced a $1.6 billion venture with American self-driving technology company Aptiv, CNET reports. It also follows commitments from the South Korean government to help fund autonomous vehicle research and development efforts.
Protections for California Car Owners
Self-driving and electric car technology may be the wave of the future, but Hyundai and other car makers still far too often have trouble avoiding serious defects in their vehicles today. It often seems like every other day one manufacturer or another is issuing a recall for thousands of potentially defective vehicles.
Hyundai and Kia, for example, recently announced they were recalling some 500,000 cars because of engine fire risks. High exhaust gas temperatures in some of the cars and an engine oil pan problem in others were cited by the companies in notices to NHTSA.
Fortunately, the California lemon law offers some important legal protections for car owners and lessors in the Golden State. The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act obligates carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty.
The law also requires the manufacturer to buy back the car if the manufacturer is unwilling or not able to fix the problem. That includes compensating the owner or lessor for the purchase price, financing charges and other related expenses. A carmaker can instead offer to replace the vehicle, but it is the owner or lessor’s decision whether to take that option.
There is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the obligation to buy back of replace the car kicks in. That is why it is vital to have a seasoned California lemon law attorney in your corner.
Talk With a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner or lessor who is grappling with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. A lawyer can help you weigh your rights and options 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. We work tirelessly to get 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.