If you are having a problem with your Toyota, it is important to understand your lemon law rights. Do not depend on the dealer to provide you with information about what issues are covered under warranty. The first thing you should do is review your owner’s manual, including your warranty details. You can even call Toyota for warranty verification. There will be a phone number in your owner’s manual. You also must read your own state’s lemon law statues because each state has its own specific guidelines.
When seeking a buyback or compensation, the law mandates that you prove there is a defect. Right now, there is no clear reason why there have been acceleration problems and Toyota has not been declared at fault so the company has yet to acknowledge the vehicles under the lemon law. However, if you have a vehicle with acceleration problems or a serious safety defect, you do not have to continually send it to the mechanic for repair. Each state has a specific number of times a car must have been in for repair before it can be considered a lemon. When dealing with Toyota and your state’s lemon law, it is important to maintain thorough documentation about the repair attempts. Every time the vehicle is in for repair, make sure you get written documentation as proof that the vehicle has an ongoing defect.
You should not have to pay for repairs related to Toyota complaints. Toyota must be notified about the problem so they have the opportunity to resolve the problem before you file a legal complaint. Many experts believe that sticking gas pedals on Toyotas are examples that would apply under a state’s law.
If you suspect that your Toyota has a defect, and you do nothing, your lemon law statutes may not apply. When it comes to resolving your problem, there are Lemon Law attorneys that have made a career out of challenging automakers selling defective products. Because Toyota is in the process of doing recalls and trying to determine the cause of the problem, many lemon law experts feel it may be too soon to file a lawsuit against the company. Until Toyota has repaired the problem or the cause of the problem has been found, it may be difficult for consumers to actually prove there is a defect. If you are concerned about your Toyota, you can always consult with an experienced lemon law attorney who can advise when, or if you should take legal action.