Kia Lemon Law Claims

Kia Lemon Law Attorney

Kia Lemon Law Lawyer

Kia Corporation is a multinational automobile manufacturer, and its parent company is Hyundai Motor Company. Next to Hyundai, Kia is the second-largest automobile manufacturer. Kia vehicles are known for their affordability and reliability. Unfortunately, some Kia customers unknowingly purchase lemons that need multiple trips to the repair shop.

At Wirtz Law, we are committed to protecting consumers who purchase defective vehicles. If you suspect that your Kia is a lemon, you may be entitled to a replacement vehicle or a buyback of your lemon by Kia. The attorneys at Wirtz Law, our trial attorneys, are dedicated to fighting for our clients to pursue maximum damages, including civil penalties. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more about your legal options.

California’s Lemon Law for Kia Vehicles

Kia has solidified itself as one of the most well-priced vehicles on the road. Many California consumers purchase Kias because of their reliability and affordability, offering a variety of vehicles. Some owners are disappointed to learn that they purchased a lemon and have to deal with the stressful and time-consuming process of getting their Kia repaired. A lemon is a faulty vehicle with defects that affect its use, safety, or value.

Thankfully, California has one of the most aggressive pro-consumer lemon laws in the country. If you’ve leased or purchased a defective Kia that has required several repair attempts, your Kia may qualify as a lemon. California lemon law protects all types of vehicles and models, including all following Kia models.

Common Defects in Kias

Any type of issue with your Kia that negatively impacts its use, safety, or value is considered a defect. Many different defects are common with Kias, especially because Kia produces so many other vehicles, each with its everyday problems. Airbag problems are one of the most dangerous types of defects Kia owners may encounter.

In some cases, airbags failed to deploy during crashes, resulting in serious head injuries. Vehicle fires are another dangerous hazard occurring in some Kia vehicles. Some Kia vehicles have reportedly caught fire spontaneously, endangering everyone on the road.

If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed here or other issues, we recommend setting up your free initial consultation to discuss your vehicle with a Kia lemon law attorney.


Other common defects among Kias include the following:

  • Engine failure
  • Battery failure
  • Alternator malfunction
  • Engine seizure
  • Timing chain defect
  • Oil leaking
  • Loud cranking or clunking noises
  • Headlight failure or dimness
  • Electrical failure
  • Loss of power
  • Loss of acceleration
  • Failure to start

Does my Kia Qualify as a Lemon?

A vehicle is considered a lemon in California when it has a substantial defect. A substantial defect affects a vehicle’s use, safety, or value. To file a claim under California’s lemon law, you will need to show that you have given the Kia dealership a reasonable number of attempts to repair your Kia. Two visits to the repair shop are typically enough to constitute a “reasonable number of repairs.”

You do not have to still own or lease a Kia to seek compensation under the lemon law. Additionally, you do not have to have purchased a new Kia. Customers who purchase a certified pre-owned (CPO) Kia with a warranty have a right to seek compensation under the lemon law. Even if your Kia’s warranty has expired, you still may be protected under the law. You will need to show that you visited a repair facility while your Kia was still under warranty. If you suspect that your Kia is a lemon, the best thing you can do is consult with an experienced lemon law attorney who can advise you as to whether you are eligible for compensation.

Our legal team will handle all the details of your lemon law claim including:

  • Conducting an investigation

  • Reviewing the repair history of your Kia

  • Collecting evidence such as the manufacturer’s warranty, repair invoices, and communications with the automaker or Kia dealer (correspondence, email, text messages)

  • Having your vehicle repair records analyzed by a mechanical expert

  • Filing a lemon law lawsuit and representing you through trial if necessary

  • Negotiating a settlement with Kia and opposing counsel

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I Think My Kia Is Defective. What Should I Do Now?

Keep All Paperwork

If you suspect that your vehicle is a lemon, it’s essential that you keep all of the paperwork from repair visits at the dealership. Make sure you write down a timeline of all the phone calls, visits, and information the dealership has given you. The next thing you should do is contact an experienced attorney.

Talk to an Attorney

Your attorney will handle your case and deal with the dealership from start to finish. Dealerships often try to avoid replacing a lemon by claiming that the problem has been fixed when it hasn’t. Your attorney will help you understand your rights under California lemon law, pursuing cash compensation, a vehicle replacement, or a lemon law buyback.

Contact a Kia Lemon Law Attorney in California

Have you had to take your Kia to the factory for repairs two or more times? If you are concerned that it is not reliable and safe to drive, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys have extensive experience going up against large auto manufacturers like Kia.

You don’t have to continue putting up with the hassle of owning a Kia that is a lemon. Contact the experienced lemon law attorneys at Wirtz Law today to schedule your free case evaluation. We have a proven track record of successfully obtaining tens of millions in compensation for California consumers who’ve purchased lemons.

The lemon law attorneys at Wirtz Law help residents of California with the Kia lemon law claims all throughout California including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County. 

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