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Honda Lemon Law in California


Honda Motor Co., Ltd., or Honda for short, is a multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by Soichiro Honda. Honda is the largest motorcycle and internal combustion engine manufacturer and the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer. In 2018, Honda did $138,250M in revenue, 9,534 in net income, and had 215,638 American employees. Its total U.S. sales in 2019 were 1,608,170. This brand also manufactures marine engines, garden equipment, power generators, personal watercraft, and other products.

Honda Lemon Law Tips

Realizing that you may have purchased a lemon for a vehicle can be extremely frustrating. You may feel betrayed or even angry with yourself for not knowing. However, you could be protected under California lemon laws. To ensure your rights, follow these steps:

  • Have your vehicle inspected and repaired at an authorized Honda mechanic shop or dealership
  • Give the mechanics all the details you can about what is going on and your concerns, and ask that they document them thoroughly in the repair invoice
  • Keep a copy of the repair invoice, and be sure to keep other crucial related repair or maintenance documents for your vehicle
  • Contact the Law Office of Michael Humphries as soon as possible to discuss your situation and potential options

Common Defects with Honda Vehicles

Honda’s name has long been synonymous with reliability and quality control. However, even the most precisely designed and constructed vehicles can have problems. Although Hondas typically have far fewer issues than most other car brands, Honda owners and drivers report the following common defects:

  • Powerlock issues
  • Excessive oil consumption in V6 engines
  • Transmission failures
  • Vibrations while braking
  • Defective airbags
  • Electrical issues
  • Problems with ignition switches
  • Transmission fluid leaks
  • Braking system issues
  • Cracking engine blocks
  • Electronic parking brake failure
  • Brake rotor issues

What if Honda or the Honda Dealer is Unable to Fix Your Car?

California lemon laws provide that if the vehicle’s manufacturer or dealer can’t repair a serious warranty defect after a “reasonable” number of attempts, they must either:

  • Replace your vehicle
  • Refund its purchase price

The choice is up to you, but they are legally bound to take one of those actions.

What is a “Reasonable” Number?

The law doesn’t provide a specific number of times that are “reasonable,” but rather the following guidelines:

  • The dealer or manufacturer can’t fix the same problem after four or more tries
  • The dealer or manufacturer has made at least two unsuccessful repair attempts, and the vehicle’s problems could cause serious or fatal bodily injury if it is driven
  • Your vehicle has been in the repair shop for over 30 days (it doesn’t have to be in a row) for the repair of any problems covered under its warranty

Is Your Honda a Lemon?

Many Americans are surprised to learn that more than 150,000 vehicles sold each year classify as lemons under the law. They are more common than you think, and your Honda could be one of them.

The Law Office of Michael Humphries understands how expensive and inconvenient a lemon vehicle can be. We want you to know that you have rights under California laws. You could be entitled to compensation for a refund, paying off your auto loan and attorneys’ fees. Call our office today to schedule a no-obligation case consultation to get your lemon claim started.

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