A new recall involving Jeep Wrangler vehicles is a reminder that even seemingly minor defects can create serious safety hazards.
Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 3,000 Wranglers whose axle connections may be a little loose. The company says a shoddy weld job on certain 2020 models could cause the lower control arm to separate from the axle.
“Your vehicle may have been built with a front axle left side lower control arm bracket that may not have been in the correct location during the welding process,” the company said in a notice sent to owners of recalled vehicles. “An off location weld may allow the lower control arm to separate from the axle. A separation of the bracket from the axle, may cause a reduction in directional control and/or allow the lower control arm bracket to hit the ground while driving. This condition could cause a crash without prior warning.”
The company in 2018 said it was recalling some 18,000 Wrangler vehicles over similar welding problems. This time around, Fiat Chrysler said it will inspect and repair affected vehicles at local dealerships.
“Your dealer will inspect the quality of the axle bracket weld and replace the front axle and left side lower control arm if needed,” the company told owners.
How the California Lemon Law Works
Another day, another safety recall involving vehicle defects that increase the risk of a crash. The unfortunate truth is that new cars leave factory floors with a wide range of issues that can put everyone on the road at risk.
That is where the California lemon law comes in. The law requires carmakers to perform certain repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. If the manufacturer is unable or unwilling to fix the problem, it is legally obligated to buy the car back and reimburse the owner for the purchase process, financing charges and other related expenses. The manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle, but it is the owner’s choice whether to accept that alternative.
The law also requires the car manufacturer to cover any legal fees that an owner incurs enforcing his or her rights.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner or lessor who is grappling with your car’s 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.
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