A string of bad news for Volkswagen continued recently when the German auto maker announced that it’s recalling some 56,000 cars over concerns about rear coil springs.
VW says certain Golf, Jetta and Tiguan models were produced with rear coil springs using material from a supplier that wasn’t approved by the company. Another supplier appears to have provided material that didn’t meet certain parameters, according to the company.
The defect raises serious safety hazards.
“Affected coil springs can break,” the company said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “A broken coil spring can damages a rear tire, become a hazard on the roadway and lead to a loss of vehicle control without warning, putting people at risk and possibly causing damage to other vehicles on the road.”
The recalled cars include 2019 Jetta sedans, 2015-2019 Golf hatchbacks, 2017-2019 Golf Sportswagens, and 2018-2019 Tiguan sport utility vehicles.
The recall comes less than a month after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Volkswagen and its former chief executive officer of perpetrating a “massive fraud” on investors by lying about VW vehicles’ environmental compliance. Government lawyers say company officials knew that the cars were not in compliance with emissions requirements when VW issued $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Car Buyers and Lessors
Anyone who has been stuck with a “lemon” probably doesn’t need a reminder that many new cars come loaded with defects that can raise serious safety issues. For the rest of us, the Volkswagen recall is an example of the design and production flaws that can put everyone on the road at risk.
That’s why state law in California bolsters protections for car buyers and lessors. The California lemon law requires a car maker to perform certain repairs on vehicles while they’re under warranty. If the manufacturer can’t fix the car—or simply refuses to do so—the law requires the car maker to take the vehicle back and compensate the owner or lessor for related costs. That includes the purchase price, loan costs, rental cars and other expenses.
The manufacturer can alternatively offer to replace the vehicle with a new one. It’s ultimately up to the owner or lessor to decide which option to take.
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