Owning a defective motorcycle comes with its fair share of problems. If the bike has an exterior lighting defect, the headlights could fail when you least expect it. Unfortunately, headlight failure endangers the life of the driver, passenger, and other road users.
In addition, a motorcycle with a persistent defect triggers unexpected expected expenses. If the bike breaks down far from home, you may need to hire alternative accommodation and towing fees to secure your bike.
Fortunately, California lemon law protects consumers who accidentally buy motorcycles with persistent defects that manufacturers failed to solve.
If you’re looking for a solution for your defective motorcycle, consider speaking to an experienced California lemon law attorney about your legal options.
California lemon law treats motorcycles as consumer goods. In addition, it covers new or used motorcycles with a manufacturer’s new warranty bought or leased for personal, household, or family reasons.
More importantly, California lemon law doesn’t cover motorcycles bought for offroad use instead of highway use.
If the manufacturer or dealer fails to fix a persistent defect after a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts, the manufacturer must either:
In all motorcycle lemon law claims, a question always arises whether the consumer gave the manufacturer a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts to fix the defect. In addition, the California lemon law requires consumers to alert the manufacturer about the persistent fault.
Taking the vehicle to the dealership for repairs is an excellent opportunity to inform the manufacturer about the defect. Once the manufacturer is aware of the defect, the consumer should allow the consumer a reasonable window to fix it.
The answer to the above question depends on the severity of the defect and circumstance of the matter. For instance, a motorcycle manufacturer has a limited opportunity to fix a fault that endangers the lives of the rider, passenger, and other road users.
On the other hand, the manufacturer has an extended window—up to five times for a general defect that annoys. Further, the manufacturer has a limited window to fix the flaw; a consumer can initiate a lemon law claim if the motorcycle spends over a month at the repair shop.
Ultimately, the lemon law doesn’t set a number.
Even so, California lemon law presumption offers the following guidelines when probing whether a manufacturer made a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts to fix the defect:
The California lemon law presumption applies to motorcycles bought in California that develop a defect within 18 months or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first. More importantly, the above guidelines offer a mere direction; only a judge or arbitrator makes the final determination.
In addition, some manufacturers argue the consumer needs to give them a sufficient window to fix the problem. Unfortunately, it is a defense strategy that can delay or deny your claim.
Consider hiring a motorcycle lemon law attorney to counter misleading manufacturer claims and represent your interest.
The common problems in motorcycles are often similar to those experienced by vehicle owners and mainly originate from manufacturer defects.
Here’s a list of common problems experienced by motorcycle owners:
Service brake is an essential safety component for a motorcycle. Unfortunately, the quality may dip due to manufacturer defects, temperature, driving habits, and the effects of interconnected parts.
Here are a few causes of brake failure that can trigger a lemon law claim:
If your motorcycle has a service brake issue, you may be entitled to a refund or replacement under California lemon law.
The chain acts as the transmission component for a motorcycle. It is also the primary link between the engine and the wheels. Although motorcycle chains are durable, they also require regular maintenance.
However, the following manufacturer defects can make it difficult to operate your bike:
Consider following instructions and schedule for cleaning and lubricating the chain. Otherwise, you could void the warranty and lemon law protection if a chain defect occurs because of neglect or lack of proper maintenance.
A motorcycle engine should settle to its average temperature after running for a few minutes. However, a manufacturer defect could cause the engine to run hotter than usual.
Here are a few manufacturer defects that can cause the engine to overheat:
An engine oil leak is a common problem with motorcycles. Unfortunately, an engine oil leak creates a safety hazard because it can ignite a fire.
Here are the common manufacturer defects that cause an engine oil leak:
Electric system malfunction is one of the dreaded issues with motorcycles. Interestingly, the wiring is even more intricate with new bike models. While most electric system defects are easy to fix, manufacturer defects are persistent and prove a hard nut to crack.
Some causes of electrical system malfunction include a defective battery, faulty main fuse, defective stator, or a faulty CDI box. For instance, it is almost impossible to find the source of a defect in a CDI box.
The only way to fix a CDI defect is by swapping it with a working unit, which explains why an electrical system caused by a manufacturer defect may prove persistent, expensive and frustrating.
It is challenging to rely on a defective motorcycle to run your business and personal errands. The frequent breakdowns may force you to hire an alternative transport means, which can disrupt your financial plan.
You deserve compensation for the inconvenience caused by owning a lemon motorcycle. As such, consider working with an experienced lemon law attorney to improve your chances of settlement.
At LemonLaw123, our expertise in handling many lemon law claims puts you at an advantage across California. We extend our services to clients in every district and county of the Golden State, and remember, there are no fees unless we win your case.
Contact us online or call us at 657-529-5239 for a free case review.