Have a Defective Jeep?
The California Lemon Law Can Help!
The California Lemon Law Can Help!
Jeep, a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler, produces vehicles known for power, sturdiness, and capacity for off-road driving. However, those same Jeep vehicles are also known for mechanical and electrical problems that make them unsafe to drive. Common Jeep defects include the infamous rollaway risk, the Death Wobble and recurring engine and transmission safety problems.
If your Jeep is a lemon, then you may be legally entitled to a replacement vehicle or a refund under the California Lemon Law.
Is My Jeep A Lemon?
The California Lemon Law is intended to protect owners and lessees of Jeep vehicles that were purchased new or used with an active warranty from the auto manufacturer. If a problem that affects your Jeep’s use, safety or value appears during the warranty period, and a Jeep dealership or repair shop cannot seem to fix the problem, then your Jeep is likely to be a lemon. However, the Jeep dealership or repair shop must be given a “reasonable” number of chances to fix the vehicle. If the dealership or repair shop is unable to do so, then your Jeep may be considered defective.
Along with Jeep as a division, Fiat Chrysler also controls Dodge and Chrysler.
Top Jeep Lemon Issues
1. Engine Problems – Oil guzzling, engine stalling, hesitation and shutdowns have plagued Jeep models such as the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass and Renegade.
2. Transmission Problems – Delayed acceleration, lunging, harsh gear shifting and loss of power are commonly reported in 2016–Present Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Renegade SUVs.
3. Rollaway Issues – Certain Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee vehicles have been recalled because gearshift design, loss of power or loss of parking functionality results in the SUVs rolling backward.
4. Steering Problems – A common steering issue, called the “Death Wobble,” is caused by a design problem with the front axle of the steering wheel. As a result, the steering wheel shakes when the vehicle drives at speeds faster than 50 miles per hour. One Jeep outfitter claims that the Wrangler feels like it is “literally shaking itself apart.” The Death Wobble is most common in the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Top Faulty Jeep Vehicles
When it comes to Jeep vehicles from 2015 to the present, these are the most commonly reported Jeep vehicles in complaints submitted to federal regulators and vehicle defect forums.
1. Jeep Grand Cherokee – Transmission slipping, poor shifting, electrical issues, engine oil leaks, ticking noises, rough idling, vehicle stalling and non-starting are commonly reported issues in newer Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
2. Jeep Cherokee – Transmission and engine problems are notorious in the Jeep Cherokee from 2015 onward. Common problems include excessive or inconsistent oil consumption, hesitation, stalling, poor or unintended acceleration, and difficulty shifting gears. Later model year Jeep Cherokees may also experience electrical issues.
3. Jeep Wrangler – Steering issues known as the “Death Wobble” are plaguing recent model year Jeep Wrangler SUVs. Other common Wrangler problems include oil leaks, engine ticking, engine knocking, electrical issues and transmission problems.
4. Jeep Renegade – Rough idling, oil guzzling, stalling, acceleration problems and loss of power are commonly reported in the Jeep Renegade. The Jeep Renegade may also experience electrical issues, vehicle lunging, stalling and poor gear shifting.
Some recurring Jeep issues have resulted in class action lawsuits. These class action lawsuits automatically include many owners of Jeep vehicles. If you don’t opt out of these class action lawsuits before their opt-out deadlines, you may lose your individual right to file a Jeep lemon law claim.
We can help you opt out of one or more class action lawsuits and file an individual claim for your faulty Jeep.
Talk To Our Jeep Lemon Law Attorneys
If you find that your Jeep has seemingly unfixable problems, you have four years from when the defect first appeared before you lose your chance to file a California lemon law claim. However, certain situations can make that deadline even stricter. If you take advantage of our free lemon law consultations, you will be taking an important first step to preserving your consumer rights.
If you file a lemon law claim and win, you may be able to receive a vehicle replacement or a lemon law buyback. On top of that, the auto manufacturer would have to pay for your attorneys’ fees and costs. Most cases at Knight Law Group result in lemon owners receiving a lemon law buyback, plus additional cash compensation. However, every case is different. We only get paid if you win.
If you receive a lemon law buyback, that means you receive a full refund of total amounts paid or payable to your vehicle, minus an offset that is based off the mileage at the time the defect first arose. That means the sooner the defect appeared in your vehicle, the more the auto manufacturer would likely owe you for your lemon.
Learn more about the California Lemon Law
If you suspect that your Jeep is a lemon, email us or call us at 877-222-2222 for a free consultation. Alternatively, you may fill out the form below to request an initial review of your problems with your Jeep.