Volvo Launches Two Major Recalls in One Month
Volvo Cars is having a tough start to 2019. The Swedish automaker has already recalled nearly 370,000 vehicles because of defects.
The company in early February said it was recalling some 167,000 cars to fix a problem with their electronic trunks. The announcement came 11 days after Volvo said it was recalling another 200,000 diesel vehicles over possible fuel line cracks.
The company says a problem with the electronic hatch system in XC60 models built in 2018 and 2019 could cause trunks to loosen or stop working altogether in cold weather. Volvo says it’s not aware of any accidents caused as a result of the defect, but issued the recall as “preventative safety measure.”
Volvo is taking the same tact publicly with the fuel line snafu. The company says certain diesel vehicles are susceptible to having their fuel lines crack over time. That would allow fuel to leak out of the engine compartment. The company said it hasn’t received any complaints about the defect, but is issuing the recall to get ahead of any problems down the road.
Volvo has informed owners that they can bring their cars in to have the trunk hatch and fuel line problems fixed.
California Lemon Law
The Volvo recalls are the latest example of how cars often roll off of the assembly line with serious defects. In California, state law provides some protections to car buyers and leasers who get stuck with a shoddy vehicle that can’t be repaired. Those cars are commonly called “lemons.”
The California lemon law requires a car manufacturer to take certain steps to repair the vehicle while it’s under warranty. If those repair attempts are not successful, the car owner has the right to either trade it in for a new vehicle or be reimbursed for the purchase price and other related expenses.
To be eligible for protection under the lemon law, you have to take specific steps to try to get the manufacturer to first fix the vehicle. You also have to establish that the car was still under warranty and that repair attempts were unsuccessful. An experienced lemon law attorney can guide you through this process.
We Can Help You Enforce Your California Lemon Law Rights
If you’re a California car owner driving a lemon, it’s important to seek legal assistance to force the manufacturer to fix the car.
At the Bickel Law Firm, our California lemon law attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases under the California lemon law. We understand the significant stress that can come with haggling with car dealers and manufacturers. Our lawyers give clients the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we are working to get them the compensation they deserve.
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