California Lemon Law for Motorcycles
Have you purchased a motorcycle that turned out to be faulty? While your protection under the California Lemon Law is not as clearly defined as it is with passenger vehicles such as cars and trucks, your motorcycle may qualify as a lemon. Motorcycle lemons can come from many different manufacturers, including Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Ducati, Twin Eagle, American Eagle, American Iron Horse, Triumph, Titan, Indian, and Victory.
If you are uncertain about whether your motorcycle is covered under the California Lemon Law, contacting a qualified attorney can help you determine whether you have a case or not. At Johnson Attorneys Group, we can provide the legal representation you need beginning with a consult regarding your case, and if necessary, to prosecute the manufacturer of your lemon and to ensure that you receive the compensation you may be entitled to.
California Lemon Law for Motorcycles
In California, the Lemon Law covers motorcycles that are registered for use on the highway similarly to its coverage for passenger cars. Your motorcycle may be considered a lemon if it meets any of the following qualifications:
- The motorcycle does not align with the manufacturer’s warranty
- The motorcycle has a substantial defect that impairs its safety, use, or value
- The defect occurs either during the first 18 months of ownership, within the first 18,000 miles, or during a longer warranty period
- The vehicle has either been in repair at least 4 times for the same defect, has been inoperable for at least 30 days, or has been in repair at least 2 times for a defect that can lead to serious physical harm or death.
Motorcycles that are used off-road and are not registered for use on the highway, such as dirt bikes, are not covered by the Lemon Law. However, some provisions in the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act may provide protection for such motor vehicles, since they fall into the category of consumer goods. To determine whether or not your motorcycle is covered, you should discuss your case with an attorney experienced in handling California Lemon Law cases.
Common Signs of Motorcycle Lemons
A wide range of defects can be found amongst motorcycle lemons. While this list is not exhaustive, common problems with motorcycle lemons include:
- Loss of power
- Engine malfunction & failure
- Electrical system malfunction & failure
- Tire malfunction
- Brake malfunction
- Uncontrolled acceleration
- Steering malfunction & failure
- Design defects
- Fuel pump defects
- Head gasket defects
Specific Safety Concerns
When it comes to motorcycle lemons, there are specific safety concerns to keep in mind. Any type of defect, even if it appears to be minor, can be extremely serious with a motorcycle, potentially leading to major injuries or death. For example, if the check engine light illuminates in your car, you are unlikely to be in imminent danger, but if the same situation occurs on a motorcycle, you are much more likely to face severe or even fatal consequences.
Many of the common defects that occur with motorcycle lemons can cause you to lose control of your bike, leading to a collision or to laying down your bike at a very fast speed. Because you are less protected on a motorcycle than in a car or truck, the potential consequences of an accident are much more severe. If you have noticed a defect in your motorcycle, it is imperative that you not hesitate to bring it in for repair before continuing to ride.
How Johnson Attorneys Group Can Help
If you believe that you have been sold a motorcycle lemon, Johnson Attorneys Group is here to help. With a strong background in personal injury law, our team of skilled attorneys offers experience and expertise to hold manufacturers liable in a court of law. By choosing Johnson Attorneys Group, you are choosing not only an attorney who can guide you through the process of making your Lemon Law claim, but also one who is dedicated to fighting for you and your rights as a consumer.
At Johnson Attorneys Group, we believe that consumers should have the best legal representation possible when it comes to defective products, especially motor vehicles. Contact Johnson Attorneys Group today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation.