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Lemon Law: When Green Cars Turn Yellow


The 2010 Toyota Prius

The 2010 Toyota Prius

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When it comes to lemons, are defective green cars different than traditional all gas or diesel engine vehicles? The simple answer is, no. The statistics of manufacturing ensures that lemon cars and trucks will be made regardless of manufacturer. That’s the simple answer.

The Toyota Prius is a good example for study because they have been around much longer than some of the newer model hybrids and Toyota has made and sold a lot of them.

As an engineer and a technical analyst for defects, I thought a lot about the Prius and hybrid electric vehicles in general. How would they fail? Would it be the same as other vehicles? The big difference, of course is the battery pack, the electrical distribution system and the electronics that controls the system.

Also, not so well known is the fact that the Prius doesn’t really have a transmission or a starter. That’s a lot of parts that commonly fail in other vehicles. Because the braking is quite different the brakes last much long than the brakes on a regular gas only vehicle. Remember, in the lemon law it is about the defects, defects that repeat three or four times and have not been repaired. If we reduce the number of components in any device whether it is an automobile or a refrigerator, we increase the chances that it will have fewer defects.

I am not here as a fan of the Toyota Prius or any other hybrid vehicle. But at Norman Taylor & Associates we see hundreds of California lemon law cases a year and the facts are we have had very few hybrids as cases. Regardless of how you think the vehicle looks or drives, feels, reducing the chances of experiencing a lemon car has to be a real plus.

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We have been assisting consumers since 1987. Our goal is to provide individuals in California who have the misfortune of purchasing a defective vehicle or goods, and who have recourse under the Lemon Law, with the highest quality legal representation. With a twenty-three year history of successful cases, Norman Taylor & Associates has established its reputation as a firm of consumer advocates that gets the job done. Visit our California Lemon Law website for more information.

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  1. Is anyone else having a problem with their 2001 Pruis 3 passenger airbag? The "air bag off" light stays on when someone is seated in the passenger seat. After two weeks, the dealer finally received the part and it didn't work. Now they say they have to get another part and try again. I'm starting to think this is a manufacturing problem with this car. Needless to say, I'm starting to think the Prius is overrated and that Toyota has let their standards slip.
     
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  2. On the 8th of February in 2011, in collaboration with NASA, the NHTSA released its findings into the investigation of the Toyota drive-by-wire throttle system. After a 10 month probe, NASA and NHTSA scientists found no electronic defect in Toyota vehicles. Driver error or pedal misapplication was found responsible for most of the incidents. The report concluded that Toyota’s problems were mechanical but not electrical which included sticking accelerator pedals and pedals caught under floor mats.

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