Lemon Law Attorney in California

Tesla Lemon Law in California


Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Tesla is a worldwide automobile manufacturer most commonly known for its electric vehicles and use of clean energy. Tesla was incorporated as Tesla Motors in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. Its name honors inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla. In February 2004, with a $6.5 million investment, Elon Musk became the largest Tesla shareholder and has been its CEO since 2008.

Tesla is one of the world’s most profitable automotive companies and the most valuable automaker worldwide, with a market capitalization of more than $840 billion. In 2021, Tesla had the most worldwide sales of battery electric vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles, with 21percent of the battery-electric market and 14 percent of the plug-in market, including plug-in hybrids.

What is a Lemon?

You just drove your new vehicle off the lot and can’t wait to get it on the open road. Everything seems to be going great for a while. Then, out of the blue, it breaks down. So you return to the dealership and have them fix it. Once again, things are going great, and you’re enjoying your vehicle. But then, your new car breaks down once again. You start to wonder if you’ve unknowingly purchased a lemon. What you do know for sure is that your continued vehicle issues and repair attempts are unacceptable. Will California’s lemon laws protect your purchase?

In general, your car is a lemon if the manufacturer or dealership has made multiple attempts to repair it without sustained success. If the problems with your car impact its safety, function, or value, then you might have a lemon. You could be entitled to either a full refund of your purchase or a replacement vehicle, as well as reasonable costs and attorney’s fees. The Law Office of Michael Humphries is here for car owners in Seal Beach and Orange County who have purchased what might be a lemon.

Common Defects with Tesla Vehicles

Tesla is one of the most popular electric cars available, not to mention one of the most luxurious. This brand has recently climbed sharply from niche to commonplace. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that Teslas aren’t without their flaws. Across four different models, the most common Tesla defects are:

  • Issues with autopilot capabilities and cruise control adjustment
  • Failed power steering system
  • Occasional loss of power
  • Unable to be towed
  • Poor build quality
  • Door handles conducting heat
  • Prematurely worn-out battery
  • Poor wheel alignment
  • Unexpected stopping
  • Faulty steering system
  • Unexpected acceleration
  • Sudden loss of tire pressure
  • Faulty seat belt retention system

What Types of Vehicles Fall Under California’s Lemon Law?

California’s Lemon Law covers the following new and used vehicles with an active manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty:

  • Cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs
  • The chassis, chassis cab, and drive train of a motor home
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators.
  • Those bought or leased primarily for business use
  • Those bought or leased for personal, family, or household purposes

Is Your Tesla a Lemon?

If you think your Tesla might be a lemon, now is the time to take action before the situation becomes even worse or you accidentally do something to decrease your chances of compensation. Contact seasoned lemon law attorney Michael Humphries for help. He offers free initial consultations, so it costs you nothing to start your claim. Contact us today to schedule yours.

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