Toyota’s full line of vehicles is set to get bigger, at least based on the average size of the cars that the Japanese company offers for sale.
Toyota is taking an ax to the Yaris, citing poor sales among both the sedan and hatchback versions of the vehicle. June was the last month of production for the vehicle, the company told CNET, adding that Toyota has no current plans to replace the Yaris with a new subcompact car.
That leaves the Corolla as the company’s tiniest sedan available for sale in the U.S.
Yaris sales were down by nearly 70 percent in the first quarter of 2020, according to MotorTrend. The company was on track to move 22,000 cars over the year, about the same amount of Corollas that Toyota sells in a month.
Remaining Yaris vehicles in the U.S. will “continue to be on sale through the summer and into the fall depending on sell down," a company spokesperson told MotorTrend.
Defective Cars, Legal Rights for California Owners
Whether it is an entry-level vehicle like a Yaris or a high-end sports car, vehicles sold across the country every day often come loaded with significant defects that can go long unnoticed while posing serious safety risks.
Toyota, for example, announced earlier this year that it was recalling some 700,000 vehicles because of a fuel pump problem that could cause cars to stall unexpectedly. That, in turn, increased the risk of a crash for drivers and passengers, the company said.
That is where the California lemon law comes in. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires Toyota and other car manufacturers to make a wide range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. If the manufacturer is unwilling or unable to properly repair the vehicle, it is obligated to buy the car back. That means compensating the owner for the purchase prices, as well as financing fees and other costs.
The carmaker can instead offer to replace the vehicle, but the owner has the right to reject that option in favor of a buyback.
There is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the “buy back or replace” requirement kicks in. That is why it is important for anyone dealing with a defective vehicle in the Golden State to seek the advice of a California lemon law attorney.
Contact an Experienced California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a California car owner driving a lemon, it is vital that you consult a seasoned attorney to consider your rights and options.
The California Lemon Law attorneys at the Bickel Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across the state. We understand the significant stress that can come with haggling with car dealers and manufacturers. Our lawyers work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent.