Lucid Ethernet Wiring Harness Defect Prompts Recall
Some Lucid Air luxury electric vehicle owners have a problem on their hands.
Lucid is recalling more than 1,100 Air vehicles because a harness defect could cause instrument panels to fail, the company recently told federal regulators. The defect could have serious consequences, if it goes unchecked, according to federal regulators.
“Disabled display screens will not show critical information, such as the speedometer, gear selection indicators, and warning lights, which can increase the risk of a crash,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter acknowledging the recall.
“The harness can become damaged by rubbing against another part of the vehicle and disable the display screens,” the company reportedly said in a letter to owners of recalled cars.
The company is asking owners to contact Lucid to have harness wires inspected and secured with appropriate clearance. Harnesses with “any visible sign of chafing” will be replaced, the company said.
Lucid also said it would reimburse owners for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred in trying to fix the problem.
California-based Lucid began rolling out its first cars last Spring. The company has its sights set on competing with Tesla but has already hit some speed bumps. Lucid earlier this year announced that it was slashing production goals as a result of supply chain issues.
The move comes just a few months after Lucid issued its first recall. In February, the company said it was calling back more than 200 Lucid Air vehicles because of a defect that could eventually snap the front brake line. That would make brakes much harder to use, increasing the risk of an accident, Lucid said in filings with NHTSA.
Lemon Law Rights for California Car Owners
Lucid is not alone. Car manufacturers recall millions of vehicles around the world every year, citing a wide range of defects that put people’s safety at risk.
Fortunately, California’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections when it comes to malfunctioning vehicles.
Officially known as the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the lemon law generally forces car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces auto companies to buy back cars that they cannot or will not fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, along with financing fees and other related costs.
The law permits carmakers to offer to replace a defective vehicle, rather than buying it back. It is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement, however.
Speak with a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective vehicle, a Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. We have a strong track record of success fighting for people and families across the state.