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What should I do if my car has a defect?

If your vehicle is defective for any reason, it is important to take care of the problem in a timely manner. Failing to do so could increase your risk of getting into an accident on a Georgia road or highway. In some cases, it may be possible to have repair work done free of charge.

Is the car under warranty?

In most cases, new cars will be covered by a manufacturer warranty that lasts for at least two years. Assuming that your vehicle is under warranty when a defect occurs, fixing the problem may be as simple as taking it to a local dealership. A service technician will then make the repair and file a warranty claim on your behalf.

What if the car can’t be fixed?

If your car cannot be fixed, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the company that made the vehicle. It may also be possible to file a lawsuit against any party responsible for manufacturing, selling or installing a defective part. An attorney who has experience with product liability cases may be able to help you throughout the legal process.

How do you know if the car is actually a lemon?

To qualify as a lemon, a vehicle must have been manufactured no more than 18 months before the defect occurs. Furthermore, states may impose limits to how many miles a car can have to qualify as defective under their lemon laws. Finally, you must allow the manufacturer to make at least two attempts to fix the issue unless the problem is considered to be especially dangerous. In such a scenario, a manufacturer only gets one chance to remedy the problem. An attorney may be able to help you hold a manufacturer accountable for its negligent actions, especially if the defect caused an accident that left you with significant injuries.