New Jersey Consumer Protection Lawyers
When buying a new car, consumers should not have to worry about whether or not their new automobile is defective. If a manufacturer or dealer sells a vehicle with known defects, they are guilty of consumer fraud and can be held liable for consumer losses. New Jersey residents are protected by state “lemon laws” that require auto manufacturers to refund the cost of a defunct vehicle or replace the vehicle outright if it has been proven to be a defective product. Litigation may be necessary if manufacturers initially refuse to provide compensation.
Which Vehicles are Covered by Lemon Laws?
Lemon laws apply to vehicles less than two years of age with under 18,000 miles. In order to officially be considered a lemon, the vehicle’s defect must have been serviced at least three times or the vehicle must be inoperable for at least 20 days. Once a vehicle has been classified as a lemon, the manufacturer is required to make an attempt to resolve the problem or repair the defect. If they do not succeed or exceed their allotted time limit they must provide the owner with a new vehicle or with funds equal to the original purchase price (less a usage allowance).
Millions of vehicles have been recalled because they contain defective parts that affect the overall safety of the vehicle, not just the operation. Scrupulous manufacturers will issue recalls as soon as a problem is discovered, however, some auto manufacturers, and even dealers, will make it difficult for consumers to recoup their losses. If the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is made aware of the defect, it can force a recall and remunerate consumers. Legal intervention can help ensure manufacturers are complying with government safety standards.
New Jersey Consumer Fraud Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP Represent Consumers for Lemon Law Violation Claims
If you suspect you may have purchased a “lemon,” but are unsure about the next step, contact a New Jersey fraud lawyer at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP. Our skilled team can answer your questions, evaluate your vehicle and file a claim on your behalf. We will only need a few basic details about your vehicle to determine its status. Just provide us with information regarding the year, make and model of the vehicle, along with purchase date, location and type, and a brief service history to begin a free case review.
As a consumer, you are afforded certain protections. We can help ensure your rights are protected. Call us today at 1-732-777-0100 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary consultation at our offices in Red Bank, Toms River or Edison, New Jersey.