Legal Team Helps You Understand Laws on Defective Vehicles in California

Serving clients in San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Cruz

One moment you’re driving and the next you’re in the hospital. You obeyed all traffic laws and signals, so what went wrong? Many people don’t realize that vehicle defects are a major problem in the United States. Motor vehicles are complex machines, and if even a single component malfunctions, lives may be in danger.

At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we have extensive experience representing clients injured by defective vehicles in California. Attorney Jeff Rickard at our firm has worked on Ford Explorer rollover cases. If you or someone you love is in an accident and you suspect the cause was an automotive defect, our legal team can help you get the compensation you deserve.

We help enforce California’s lemon laws

In California, lemon laws protect consumers who buy defective vehicles. If you bought a new car that turns out to have a significant defect, the manufacturer may be required to repurchase the car from you. The experienced auto lawyers at our firm can help you seek a refund if the following conditions are met:

  • The defects became apparent during the first 18 months after you received delivery of the automobile or within the first 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever happens first.
  • Your vehicle is still under warranty.
  • You have attempted to have the car repaired. The number of attempts required depends on the severity and type of defect.
  • The car has been inoperable for 30 days.

The most common vehicle defects

Virtually any part of a car, truck or motorcycle can malfunction. In some cases, the design of the vehicle is defective. Other times, defects occur during the manufacturing process. The following components are prone to defects:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Seatbelts
  • Airbags

SUV rollovers can also be caused by faulty manufacturing.

Representing Injury Victims in Sacramento and San Francisco

If a defect or negligence caused your accident, our San Jose attorneys will fight for you. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at(408) 956-6949
or online. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

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