Tesla is about to boost production of its popular Model 3 sedan. There is no question that people love this car, based upon early reviews from journalists and consumers. But there is a serious problem lurking on the horizon: reliability and quality.
Automotive industry analyst Toni Sacconaghi recently drove and reviewed a Tesla Model 3 in Brooklyn, noting that the car was compelling and attractive and should increase the popularity of electric vehicles. But he added that fit and finish on the Model 3 was poor.
One of the problems with the test vehicles was their glass roof, in which two parts were misaligned; this defect could allow water to leak into the vehicle. Also, body panels were not fitted together properly, and ceiling seams were out of alignment. Some of these problems might not even be noticed by the average consumer, but Sacconaghi commented that these cars were demos. The company knew that automotive experts would comb them over, so it is a concern that fit and finish was that poor on these particular vehicles.
Also, it seems likely that Tesla would share vehicles with the automotive press that represent the best quality and assembly. So, what does this say about potential problems on cars rolling off the assembly line intended for consumers? If quality issues continue with the Model 3, it could lead to serious problems for the brand.
For example, vehicles under warranty in California can be declared lemons if they require constant repair for the same defects. If questionable reliability and quality plagues Tesla, it will not be long before lemon law claims are coming in across the country.
But there is good news with the Tesla vehicles, as well. Only a few test drivers have had access to the Model 3 to date, and most of them gave the vehicle good marks. The car’s handling and pickup have been widely praised, as well as its ‘minimalist’ dashboard and interior. It features an innovative touch screen instead of most of the levers and dials you see in regular vehicles.
It is still early in the game for Tesla, so it is unknown whether the early quality and finish problems seen will lead to serious reliability problems and lemon law claims.
California Lemon Law Basics
Southern Californians tend to quickly embrace new technology, so it would not be surprising if there are plenty of Teslas sold here. As with regular vehicles, Teslas under the factory warranty are governed by the Lemon Law in California. If a Tesla shows serious repair problems under warranty, the owner is entitled to have the vehicle repurchased or replaced by the dealer or manufacturer.
If you have purchased a Tesla or another vehicle under warranty and have problems keeping it on the road, you may need to file a Lemon Law claim. Neale & Fhima can help.
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Are you having constant repair problems with your vehicle under warranty? You may have a lemon law claim against the vehicle manufacturer. Neale & Fhima is an experienced lemon law firm that has been serving southern California customers for years. If you require legal advice about a possible lemon vehicle, please talk to our attorneys for a complimentary consultation.