Do you, a family member, or someone you care about own a Land Rover? If so, it may be wise to continue reading. Land Rover is looking at a collection of lawsuits stemming from windshield leaks.
What’s the problem with some Land Rovers?
The original suit of this nature involved a 2017 Land Rover Discovery; however, the same issue behind the initial case may impact multiple models of Land Rover’s ranging from 2013 to 2020 with the same unfortunate results or rather problems. The vehicle manufacturer is responsible for windshield leaks (due to the windshields not being correctly and completely sealed during installation), causing internal damage to the vehicles, including damage to computer systems.
California’s Lemon Law can be applied to this potentially dangerous situation. As this issue is quite pervasive, the manufacturer is facing a shortage of windshields, thus rendering repairs lengthy or more often impossible. Many owners are finding themselves waiting not days or weeks but months to get their vehicles back from the dealership (if at all).
What is “lemon law”?
The California Lemon Law (Civ. Code, § 1793.22) protects drivers when a vehicle is defective or not repairable after a “reasonable” number of attempts. In such instances, the manufacturer must either replace or repurchase the car (a buy-back).
How do I know if I have a problem?
If you are or know a Land Rover driver experiencing any of the following you should reach out to an experienced California Lemon Law attorney immediately:
- Water leaking into the vehicle
- Heavy condensation inside the vehicle (on the dashboard, watermarks on the roof, water damage on any of the interior)
- Issues with the windshield
- Electrical shorts and computer issues that may be a result of water damage
An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will be able to assist you in not only understanding your rights but also in evaluating your unique case and circumstances. Additionally, it is not uncommon for manufacturers to sometimes fight back against lemon law claims. Still, an experienced attorney will help you to make sure your claim is respected and that you receive all the compensation you may be entitled to receiving.
Note: Be sure to keep all repair information about the vehicle and the issue(s) organized. A detailed record of the vehicle’s problems and repair history will significantly strengthen your legal claim and make the process smoother. Be sure to keep track of any additional expenses associated with the vehicle’s problems (like renting a car).
It’s also crucial that you notify the manufacturer of any defects as soon as possible. The auto manufacturer may have a process for handling lemon law claims. The California Lemon Law is in place to protects consumers and their rights; however, there are vital steps that need to be taken.
Lastly, an attorney will help ensure that you get the best possible outcome and identify any other potential claims. For example, suppose the dealership you have taken your car to has tried to deter you from filing a lemon law claim or has been in any way dishonest with you. In this case, an attorney experienced in dealer fraud may evaluate the situation and identify and file an auto fraud case.
If you believe your Land Rover may be a lemon, do not hesitate to reach out to Conn Law PC today for a consultation of your case.