Tesla Lemon Law Attorneys
If you’ve brought your purchased or leased Tesla in for repairs repeatedly, call 1(833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with a Tesla lemon law attorney about your case for free.
The experienced trial attorneys at Wirtz Law will protect your Lemon Law rights and pursue your claim at no cost to you. Our proven success record speaks for itself.
At Wirtz Law APC, our experienced trial teams are dedicated to fighting for our clients and getting maximum damages, including civil penalties. Over the past 6 years, Wirtz Law APC has recovered more than $29,000,000 for consumers like you.
If you’ve had to bring your Tesla in for repair two times or more for any of the following concerns, you may have a lemon. Call 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with a Tesla lemon law attorney and get our team of experienced trial attorneys fighting on your behalf today.
Body and Interior Components
Body and Interior components are everything that makes up the exterior and interior body and shape of the Vehicle, such as the doors, door panels, dashboard, exterior body panels, A and B pillars, roof, and hood, among others.
Teslas have a consistent reputation of coming from the factory with scratches, misaligned body and interior panels, misshapen windshields, and incessant interior rattling that cannot be resolved by Tesla.
The car’s electrical system is responsible for things like starting the car, powering the dashboard, and other electricity dependent systems such as power locks, power windows, sound systems, and lighting, among others. Electrical failure can be caused by a loose electrical connection, a blown fuse, or battery failure. In the case of Tesla vehicles, electrical failures can be as serious as complete electrical engine failure or main battery malfunctions. Many Tesla owners also report inaccuracies between the vehicle’s displayed main battery efficiency, and its actual battery efficiency.
Common symptoms of electrical failure include:
- Battery problems
- Engine won’t turn on
- Poor acceleration
- Headlights aren’t working properly
- Burning plastic smell
- Fuses keep blowing out
- Touchscreen failure
Rust occurs when bar metal has been exposed to moisture. The combination of the bare metal and moisture creates an atomic reaction which results in oxidation. Some Tesla owners have reported oxidation forming on their vehicles mere months after purchase. Tesla cutting corners in the assembly and finishing process is the likely culprit. The rust issues on Teslas have appeared around the front and rear door hinges, the undersides of the doors, the A and B pillars, on the A pillar, specifically where it meets with the fender.
Common symptoms of rust formation include:
- Bubbling of the paint
- Orange residue drippings when the car is wet
- Cracked brittle paint
- Holes forming in the body of the vehicle
Gaps in doors and windows
Gaps in doors and windows are attributable to poor build and finishing quality. These gaps can be especially troublesome at high speeds, causing wind noise and in the most extreme cases, debris to enter the vehicle while driving.
Common symptoms of gaps in doors and windows:
- Abnormal road noise and whistling sounds while driving
- Water entering the vehicle cabin when all doors and windows are closed
- Body panels look misaligned or misshaped
- Doors and Windows are difficult to open and close
*Note that your Tesla may still be a lemon even if the issue is not listed above. Call 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON today to describe your unique issues and get a free case evaluation.
Is My Tesla a Lemon?
Think you might have a lemon? If your Tesla is on the list below and has required repeated repairs for the same issue, contact a Tesla Lemon Law Attorney at 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON.
- Tesla Model 3
- Tesla Model S
- Tesla Model X
- Tesla Model Y
*Note that your Tesla may still be a lemon even if not listed above
Notable Tesla Recalls
Passenger Frontal Airbag May Explode (NHTSA Safety Recall Campaign No. 19V002000)
- In October 2019, Tesla recalled nearly 70,000 of its vehicles due to defective passenger airbag inflators that are prone to exploding.
- According to Tesla, a defect in the air bag inflator may cause the inflator to explode without warning. Inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Loss of Power Steering Assist Due to Corrosion (NHTSA Safety Recall Campaign No. 18V204000)
- In March 2018, and again in 2020, Tesla recalled nearly 100,000 vehicles with defective power steering components.
- According to Tesla, The aluminum bolts that attack the power steering gear assist motor to the gear housing on the steering rack may corrode and fracture, causing a reduction or complete loss of power steering. A loss of power steering would require greater steering effort, especially at lower seeds, which increases the risk of crash.
Parking Brake May Not Release or Fully Apply (NHTSA Safety Recall Campaign No. 17V260000)
- In April 2017, Tesla recalled nearly 32,000 vehicles with defective electric brakes.
- According to Tesla, the electric parking brake calipers have an internal gear that may be defective, resulting in the gear fracturing during parking brake application and release. If the gear breaks during release, the vehicle will not be movable. If the gear brakes during application, the parking brake may not adequately hold the vehicle which can result in a crash.
At Wirtz Law APC, we are dedicated to protecting consumers from large automakers like Tesla.
Tesla was founded in 2003 with the goal of producing electric vehicles to “expedite the move to a solar economy.” The company went public in 2010 and released its first publicly available vehicle, the Model S, in 2012.
After 10 years in the market, Tesla ranked as the world’s best-selling plug-in and battery electric passenger car manufacturer in 2019, with a market share of 17% of the plug-in segment and 23% of the battery electric segment. Tesla global vehicle sales have steadily increased over the years. In 2020, the company surpassed the 1 million mark of electric cars produced. The Model 3 ranks as the world’s all-time best-selling plug-in electric car, with more than 500,000 delivered. Tesla cars accounted for 81% of the battery electric vehicles sold in the United States in the first half of 2020.
Tesla has historically had what many consider unsustainable production goals. These ambitious production numbers perhaps attribute to Tesla’s poor build quality and lack of attention to detail. Consumers continually report numerous software bugs, defects in interior and exterior trim and finish, and overall dissatisfaction with a vehicle that is marketed as being “premium” with a price tag to prove it.
In 2018 Tesla C.E.O. Elon Musk was fined $20 million by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as part of a settlement for misleading investors on Twitter. Also in 2018, Musk’s legal trouble was compounded by an incident where a Tesla was involved in a deadly autopilot crash, a huge Model S recall, and repeatedly missed production targets.
I think I have a lemon. What do I do now?
Under California’s Lemon Law, if you’ve given an automaker a “reasonable number of attempts” to repair your vehicle but the problems persist, your car might qualify for repurchase or replacement. Big automakers like Tesla often try to muddy the water and re-define the analysis of Lemon Law qualification to their benefit – which is why consumers should never fight the big automakers alone! Generally speaking, as few as two (2) repair opportunities can be enough for your car to qualify. Don’t rely on Tesla’s evaluation of your repair history, contact the professionals at Wirtz Law today.
How Wirtz Law Can Help
Over the past 6 years, Wirtz Law has recovered more than $29,000,000 for clients like you. On average, Wirtz Law APC fights for its clients in ten jury trials a year and settles many more cases at all stages of the litigation. We consistently recover more than just a buyback for our clients, recovering both actual damages and civil penalties against the automakers and distributors. We are the firm other lawyers hire when it’s time to go to trial, and consumers hire when they want their case handled right. We are ready to fight for your rights, today!
If you have a lemon, call 1(833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with a Tesla lemon law attorney about your case for free.
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