Tesla Recalls 2024

Auto manufacturers periodically issue recalls to fix an identified safety problem that puts you and the vehicle at risk. So, if Tesla has identified one of its models has a safety problem, they issue a recall notice with a recommended action to fix the problem at no cost to the consumer.

While Tesla recalls vehicles to fix specific defects, some issues remain unresolved or keep recurring. As a result, consumers incur additional expenses such as car rental and can’t rely on their vehicles to run personal errands or drive to work. Luckily, California lemon laws protect vehicle owners who buy defective vehicles that automakers have failed to fix.

Consider speaking to a trusted California lemon law attorney for legal advice on protecting your consumer rights regarding a problem Tesla.

The Scope of Tesla Recalls in 2024

Incorrect Font Size on Warning Lights

On 30th January 2024, Tesla issued a recall named incorrect font size on warning lights/FMVSS 105. According to the notice, warning lights with small font sizes make reading critical safety information on the safety panel difficult, increasing the risk of an accident.

Here’s why the defect occurred:

Tesla displayed an incorrect font size on the instrument panel for Park, Brake, and antilock brake(ABS) warning lights.

Here’s a list of the affected vehicles

  • 2012-20123 Model S
  • 2017-2023 Model 3
  • 2019-2024 Model Y
  • 2024 Cyber Truck vehicles
  • 2016-2024 Model X

Tesla attempted to solve the issue by releasing a free-of-charge over-the-air (OTA) software update.

Tesla Recall History: A Pattern of Challenges

Here’s a list of other recent Tesla recalls:

  • Doors may unlock during a crash related to 2021-2023 Model S and X vehicles.
  • Autopilot controls are insufficient to prevent misuse related to 2012-2023 Model S, 2016-2023 Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.
  • Incorrect front airbags affecting 2021-2023 Model S and Model X vehicles
  • Misaligned forward-facing camera involving particular 2023 Model S, Model X, and Model Y vehicles

In addition to the above recalls, numerous consumers have complained to the company about failed suspension and steering parts. In other instances, Tesla blamed drivers for vehicle defects despite knowing about the issue for years.

Understanding Your Rights Under Lemon Laws

California lemon laws cover new and used vehicles with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty.

Examples of Tesla vehicles covered by lemon laws include:

  • Cars, vans, SUVs and pick-up trucks
  • Demonstrators and dealer-owned vehicles
  • Chassis cab, chassis, and drivetrain of a motorhome
  • Vehicles bought or leased for commercial reasons
  • Cars leased or purchased for family, personal, or business reasons

If Tesla or its dealer fails to fix a defect after a reasonable number of repair attempts, Tesla should either:

  • Replace the vehicle
  • Refund its buying price— whichever you prefer

Establishing a ‘Reasonable Number of Repair Attempts’

In addition to protecting vehicle owners, California lemon law requires consumers to give an automaker a ‘reasonable number’ of attempts to fix a defect. Lemon law doesn’t set a specific number.

Even so, California lemon law presumption offers the following guidelines in determining if a manufacturer had a ‘reasonable number’ of repair attempts:

  • The manufacturer of the dealer hasn’t fixed the malfunction after four or more attempts
  • The vehicle could cause severe injury or death, and the dealer or manufacturer has made two unsuccessful repair attempts
  • The car has been in the shop for more than 30 days, not necessarily consecutive for a repair covered by warranty

Tesla Defects Covered By Lemon Laws

A vehicle becomes a lemon if it has a substantial defect that impacts its value, use, and safety. A Tesla defect subject to frequent recalls may qualify for lemon law protection.

If your Tesla is under warranty and you’re experiencing the following defects, you may be eligible to file a claim under lemon laws:

  • Defective electric battery
  • Electrical problems
  • Touchscreen defects
  • Defective car suspension
  • Power steering loss
  • Phantom breaking issues
  • Cracking glass
  • Defective door handle
  • Defective autopilot
  • Defective dashboard warning lights

While lemon law covers numerous defects, there are still a few exceptions, including:

  • Vehicle malfunction due to an accident
  • Defects resulting from unauthorized repairs or alterations
  • A defect that doesn’t substantially impair the vehicle’s value, use, or safety
  • Vehicle fault due to owner’s negligence

How to Respond to the Tesla Recall

Like all vehicles, acting quickly after learning of an ongoing Tesla recall is crucial. Get your car repaired as soon as possible. You can contact the automaker or take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for repairs.

Taking the vehicle for repairs can eliminate a potential safety risk to you and other road users. More importantly, be on the lookout for official communications from Tesla and other automotive safety authorities.

Seeking Legal Assistance for Your Tesla

Although lemon law protects your consumer rights, you must file a claim to obtain a refund or replacement.

Here are a few benefits of hiring a Tesla lemon law attorney:

  • Legal Advice: You may require legal advice from an attorney since lemon law claims involve complex issues that are often confusing. A lemon law attorney has gained a deep understanding and application of lemon law, helping you navigate the claim process and protecting your rights.
  • Compile Evidence: The affected vehicle owner must prove they took the vehicle for repairs and gave the automaker a sufficient window to fix the defect. An attorney can help you compel crucial evidence, including repair invoices, repair orders, original purchase or lease documents, and correspondence with the automaker.
  • Maximize Your Compensation: If you are still determining whether you’ll receive fair compensation for your defective vehicle, an attorney will enhance your chances of success. An experienced lemon law attorney has handled hundreds of lemon law cases, giving them an edge to demand a refund or replacement.

Get in Touch With an Experienced Anaheim, CA, Lemon Law Attorney

If your Tesla has a persistent electrical defect, it can stall anytime, putting your life and other road users at risk. You, therefore, deserve representation from an experienced attorney who will aggressively fight for a refund or replacement.

At LemonLaw123, lead attorney Valerie G. Campbell has a 99% success rate, demonstrating our ability to properly represent you. Contact us online or at 657-529-5239 for a free case review.

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With a 99% success rate and a policy of no fees unless you win, her practice stands as a testament to her expertise in California’s Lemon Law, her commitment to her clients, and her unwavering dedication to justice and consumer rights.

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