If problems in your Kia vehicle won’t go away, you may have a defective vehicle on your hands.
These faulty vehicles, also known as “lemons,” have defects that affect their use, safety or value. Those who own or lease these vehicles often find that their vehicles have problems that cannot be resolved even after numerous visits to a licensed dealership or authorized repair facility. The California Lemon Law states that if the dealership or repair facility cannot fix the vehicle with a “reasonable number of attempts,” the vehicle is considered a “lemon.”
If you suspect that your vehicle is a lemon, you may need to consult a lemon law attorney about your situation and any questions you may have.
What Can Go Wrong With My Kia Vehicle?
If your Kia vehicle experiences problems that negatively impact its use, safety or value, and those problems will not go away after a reasonable number of repair attempts, your Kia vehicle may be considered a “lemon.” Below are some of the most common problems Kia owners are likely to encounter.
A ZF TRW airbag failed to deploy in a Kia Forte, causing a passenger to sustain a traumatic brain injury. The family of the passenger filed a lawsuit against Kia for $2.5 million. This is not the only lawsuit Kia has faced for the allegedly defective ZF TRW airbags.
A class action lawsuit alleges that more than 15 million vehicles on the road are equipped with faulty ZF TRW airbags that may fail to deploy during crashes. Though automakers like Kia have issued recalls on vehicles with these airbags, the lawsuit alleges that many vehicles with these airbags have not been repaired and could be unsafe for vehicle occupants.
If your Kia vehicle is equipped with a faulty airbag, check if a recall has been issued on your vehicle. If you suspect that the airbag in your vehicle is defective, consult a lemon law attorney about your lemon law rights.
Due to engine problems, brakeproblems or other unknown issues, many Kia vehicles have spontaneously caught fire, which endangers drivers and passengers. The problem is so prevalent that NHTSA has launched repeated investigations into the infamous Kia car fires.
In one such case, a Kia Soul car fire resulted in a driver sustaining burns on most of his body, and he stayed in an intensive care unit for roughly a year until he died from his injuries. In many others, drivers and passengers narrowly escaped injury and death by quickly jumping out of their moving cars, which continued to roll away while ablaze.
Kia was ordered to pay at least $137 million in fines and safety upgrades after it was accused of delaying recalls related to engine fires. The recalls affected Kia vehicles equipped with Theta II engines, which contained metallic debris.
California residents who bought or leased vehicles from licensed California dealerships can pursue lemon law cases if their vehicles have repeated problems that couldn’t be fixed within a reasonable number of attempts.
If your vehicle has a recurring problem that couldn’t be fixed despite multiple repair attempts, you may be eligible for one of the following awards under the California Lemon Law: cash compensation, a vehicle replacement or a lemon law buyback. A replacement vehicle has to be roughly similar to the model found to be a “lemon;” this typically means you will receive a vehicle of the same make and model.
If you receive a lemon law buyback, you are refunded the full purchase price of your faulty vehicle, minus a deduction called a “mileage offset.” This deduction is determined by the number of “good miles” you got out of your vehicle before the defect first appeared.
However, it is difficult to achieve the award you deserve without the help of experienced California lemon law attorneys.
How Can Knight Law Group Help Me?
You do not have to go through the lemon law process alone. Our California lemon law attorneys can help you get the legal outcome you deserve.
Knight Law Group has helped thousands of California residents navigate the lemon law process and give them a fair fight against auto manufacturers who supplied these faulty vehicles. Our multilingual staff can answer any questions you may have about common vehicle defects and the California Lemon Law process. Should you choose us to represent you, we will provide you up-to-date information on your lemon law case.
If you have any questions about your situation, common Kia defects or the California Lemon Law, fill out the form below or call us at 877-222-2222 for a free lemon law consultation in as little as five minutes.
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