These Car Makers Are Ahead of the Game on New Braking Standards
When it comes to car safety, it is hard to beat a good set of brakes. Four car manufacturers recently reported that they have already hit new goals for emergency braking systems, some three years ahead of the target date.
Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla have already equipped their new light vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crash avoidance technology automatically hits the brakes when it suspects an impending collision.
Seven other manufacturers are nearing the goal, set by IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015. BMW, Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Mazda had automatic emergency braking systems in more than 80 percent of their new cars last year.
“The idea of this voluntary commitment was to get this important safety breakthrough into vehicles as fast as possible, so it’s encouraging that some automakers are beating the deadline,” David Zuby, a chief research officer at IIHS, said in a statement announcing the news.
Legal Rights for California Car Owners
Automatic emergency braking technology offers the potential to save lives and avoid injuries by preventing crashes. But it is not enough. Unfortunately, many cars come off of factory floors with significant defects that can make life on the road hazardous.
That’s where the California lemon law comes in. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers in the Golden State to make certain repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. If the manufacturer is unable or unwilling to fix the car, it is required under the law to buy back the vehicle. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as financing and other related costs.
There is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the lemon law kicks in. A car manufacturer required to repurchase a vehicle can also offer to replace it instead.
The law also requires a car manufacturer to pick up the tab for any legal fees that you incur while enforcing your rights. An experienced California lemon law attorney can help you build the strongest possible case and weigh your options.
Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner who is grappling with your car’s manufacturer over transmission or other repairs, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. A lawyer can help you 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.