Kia Problems – California Lemon Law
Are you experiencing any Kia problems? Do you own a new (or used under Kia Certified Pre-Owned under factory warranty) Kia that has had repeated symptoms/problems, and at least one of the symptoms/problems has been subject to 3 or more repair attempts at the Kia dealership during the original 5 year/60,000 mile factory new vehicle limited warranty (or Kia Certified Pre-Owned warranty)? The same goes if you own any model Kia including Spectra, Rio, Sedona, Borrego, Sorento, Soul, Sportage, Amanti, Optima, Rondo, or Rio5 that has had repeated symptoms/problems, and at least one of the symptoms/ problems has been subject to 3 or more repair attempts at the dealership during the original 5 year/60,000 mile factory new vehicle limited warranty (or “Certified Pre-Owned” warranty)?
A number of Kia vehicles have had various known mechanical and/or safety impairment issues. If you have had multiple warranty repair attempts for the same issue, or an excessive number of days in the shop, you may have a Kia vehicle that qualifies for coverage under California’s Lemon Law. You could receive your money back or a new replacement Kia! (Replacement only applicable on vehicle’s acquired new). Also, Kia’s also have a 10 year/100,000 mile factory “powertrain warranty” TO THE ORIGINAL OWNER that covers the engine, transmission, and final drive axle (manual transmission stick-shift clutch system is excluded). This “powertrain” warranty is applicable to California lemon law if you are the original purchaser. Some common Kia problems, defects, complaints…
Do you have surging, stalling, or other driveability complaints?
Do you have the cooling system overheating and/or coolant leaks?
Do you have loss of power or warning lights while driving?
Do you have other issues or repeated dashboard warning displays?
Do you have “CHECK ENGINE” light problems?
Do you have “SERVICE ENGINE SOON” light problems?
Does your Kia engine consume too much oil?
Do you have engine mis-fire/knocking problems?
Do you have power steering problems?
Do you have SRS/Airbag/Passenger Seat Occupancy problems?
Do you have transmission problems?
Do you have Traction Control/Stability control system problems?
Do you have “ABS brake warning light” problems?
Do you have other problems not listed above?
If you feel that you meet the “3 or more repair attempts” criteria noted above, please call us at the toll-free number below to receive a FREE Lemon Law case review and evaluation of your vehicle.
PLEASE NOTE: For engine/drive-ability/etc. cases, we do not accept cases for review in which the owner has modified the vehicle via installation of aftermarket performance “chips”, “mapping”, “intake systems” and “starting at the exhaust manifold” exhaust systems, etc. We also do not pursue cases wherein one or more repair invoice on your Kia states “outside influence – not a warranty issue” or “evidence of tampering”. If the vehicle is used for “business purposes,” a lemon law claim/case cannot be brought on that vehicle if there are more than 5 vehicles registered to the owner/business.
Cases that are accepted will be at a very low “contingency fee” to the consumer (attorney’s fees billable to auto manufacturer under statute if attorney settles case).
We would like to stress that Kia’s are one of the highest quality and most technologically advanced vehicles on the market, and that the issues noted above will likely not happen to most owners of these vehicles. That being said, despite a manufacturer’s best efforts, some Kia’s will turn out to be “lemons” by their qualifying warranty repair histories. For these vehicles California’s largest lemon law firm can be a great asset to consumers in getting their legal entitlement under the California Lemon Law.
The California Lemon Law protects consumers that purchase or lease new or under-warranty used Kia vehicles in the state of California, register them here via paying California tax and license (registration), and have their warranty repairs performed at factory authorized California Kia dealership locations. Consumers must keep their warranty work receipts, or gain a “warranty repair history” printout from the dealership to prove the repairs/repair visits that have taken place.
Our lemon law statute in California provides the manufacturer of your vehicle with a “reasonable” number of repair attempts to rectify the problem/symptom. The number of repair visits necessary to be “reasonable” is relative to how many months the car has been in warranty service, the description and substantiality of the symptom/problem, and the number of miles currently on the car. It should be noted that contrary to what you may read in your vehicles warranty book, California has no requirement for “arbitration”, allowing the consumer to directly seek and retain legal counsel to represent them in a “lemon law” case.
Manufacturer’s “Customer Assistance Centers” give out “case numbers”, which are NOT a lemon law case, but rather simply a reference number for the next time you call in with a complaint.
Watch out for the age-old trick of the “dealer trade assist” or similar wording used by some car dealers if a customer complaints about his/her Kia that has symptoms/problems. Customers are often told “we will get you out of your car and into a new one”. Don’t fall for this time-worn consumer ploy. This is simply the dealer trying to take your Kia back in trade and sell you a new one, taking all the negative equity from your current Kia and hiding it in the loan or lease on the new replacement vehicle.
Our California lemon law is the avenue car buyers utilize to get their money back, a new replacement Kia vehicle, or a substantial cash settlement.
Under our California statute, consumers who buy or lease a new vehicle (or a used Kia that is still under the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty or “Certified Pre-Owned” warranty program) all get to exercise their California Lemon Law rights if they have a qualifying repair history.
We invite you to contact us today. We are consumer advocates. We are on your side. We have settled over 22,000 California lemon law cases. We have 33 years of experience as we do ONLY “lemon law cases” – no other area of legal practice.
(Your vehicle is a 2014 - 2023, purchased or leased brand new, from an automobile dealership in California.)