Tesla has taken the automotive market by storm with its line of eco-friendly vehicles. It may come as no surprise that the Silicon Valley automaker tops the list of best-selling electric cars in the United States.
Yet, Tesla – like every car manufacturer – is not withouts its flaws. What happens if you purchase or lease a Tesla and later find it has significant defects?
Breach of Warranty Lawsuits
When you spend your hard-earned money on a car, you expect that it will run as it should. Unfortunately, not every vehicle is built to standard. If your Tesla spends too much time in the shop and too little time on the road, you may have grounds for a breach of warranty lawsuit.
A warranty is a promise that a product will meet certain standards. The warrantor pledges to correct issues if the product fails due to a manufacturing defect or doesn’t function as intended. The federal government, along with all 50 states, has laws that address product warranties.
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal law that allows you to file a lawsuit against the warrantor for a defective product. But first, you need to exhaust potential remedies. That is, you must have tried without success to get the problem fixed.
In addition, every state has “lemon laws” which allow consumers to replace or get a refund for a car that was purchased with a major defect. Generally, a vehicle is considered a lemon if it has a substantial defect (covered by warranty) that appeared within a certain timeframe or mileage after purchase, and which could not be repaired despite a certain number of attempts.
A breach of warranty attorney can help you evaluate your legal options and determine the best course of action.
Tesla offers warranties for new and used vehicles. New vehicles, for example, are covered for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. In addition, the battery and drive unit on new vehicles are covered under warranty. The Model S and Model X, for instance, are covered for eight years or 150,000 miles, with a minimum 70% retention of battery capacity.
A Morgan & Morgan attorney can help you parse through the details of your warranty and give you the best chance to achieve a favorable outcome. Federal and state laws are complex, so it’s important that you hire an attorney with a background in this area of law.
Contact Morgan & Morgan
If you’ve experienced a breach of warranty with a Tesla vehicle and have not been offered a replacement or refund, contact the consumer protection attorneys at Morgan & Morgan. You may be able to recover compensation in a breach of warranty lawsuit.
In addition, if you’ve been injured in a Tesla due to an autopilot malfunction, battery fire, or another reason, our law firm may be able to help. With more than 700 attorneys in 16 states, our legal team has what it takes to protect your financial future in a Tesla accident claim. Over the past 30-plus years, we have recovered more than $9 billion on behalf of injury victims.
Find out how we can help you by scheduling a free case evaluation. It costs nothing to get started, and we get paid only if your case is successful. Contact us today