Military Members and the California Lemon Law

One of the most unknown aspects of the California Lemon Law is it applicability to members of the United States Armed Forces.  Generally, in order to have a valid California Lemon Law claim, the lemon vehicle must be purchased in the State of California.  Not so if you are a member of the United States Armed Forces – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.  There are two situations in which a member of the Armed Forces may utilize the California Lemon Law if the member purchased a lemon vehicle outside of California – (1) If the Armed Forces member is resident of, or stationed in, California at the time of the out of state purchase; or (2) if a California Lemon Law claim is filed by the Armed Forces member while the member is a resident of, or stationed in, California.  (See California Civil Code section 1795.8.)  And, of course, if an Armed Forces member purchases a vehicle in the State of California, the California Lemon Law would apply regardless of where the Armed Forces member resides or is stationed.  Given the sacrifices that our Armed Forces members make for all of us, it is pleasing to know that the California legislature saw fit to provide these members with enhanced Lemon Law protections.

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Ford Explorer Cab Exhaust Leaks

Back in February of this year, I wrote an article concerning certain model year Ford Explorers and exhaust fumes leaking into the vehicles’ cabs. Ford Motor Company is keenly aware of this dangerous problem and is unable to fix this exhaust leak issue. The national media has recently reported on the Ford Explorer exhaust leak… Continue Reading

Motorhomes Equipped with Ford V10 Engines Squeal/Screech Under Load

My office has received several inquiries recently concerning later model year motorhomes (Tiffin, Fleetwood, etc.) equipped with Ford Motor Company V10 gas engines. The main complaint with the V10 gas engines is that they loudly squeal/screech under load.  It appears this noise may be the result of the engines having, among other things, defective fan… Continue Reading

Ford Focus/Fiesta Transmission Class Action Settlement

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Video/Photos as Powerful Tools in Lemon Law Cases

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Ford Fusion Window Problems

Certain model year Ford Fusions have a serious problem with their windows.  Specifically, the windows will not close and at times they will open after they have been closed. Ford Motor Company is aware of this defective window condition and is unable to fix it. Ford has directed service facilities to reprogram certain modules to… Continue Reading


Ford Motor Company has a major problem with its Ford Explorer line. Specifically, exhaust fumes enter the cab in some of these Ford Explorer vehicles. This condition is very dangerous as it exposes occupants of affected Ford Explorers to poisonous fumes and gasses. Ford has issued technical service bulletins to address the exhaust leak issue… Continue Reading

The Volkswagen/Audi Laughable TDI Clean Diesel Emissions Scandal Mea Culpa

By now, most all of us have heard of the Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel emissions scandal.  To recap, Volkswagen has admitted it intentionally rigged the emissions systems in its Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 liter TDI diesel engines so the emissions controls would only be activated if the emissions systems were being tested.  At all other times,… Continue Reading