Disaster can strike at any time, but the truth is this: vehicles are manufactured to be safer than at any time in the history of the auto industry, and government regulations mean than car manufacturers can incur steep fines and penalties for keeping unsafe vehicles on the road longer than necessary. Buick has a pretty good track record, but here are some common Buick recalls and defects that might affect you if you recently purchased a vehicle.
The 2016 Buick Envision was recalled by General Motors (GM) almost a full year ago after a malfunction resulted in brake fluid leaking, minimizing performance. This increases the risk of a collision. GM replaced the master cylinder brake line of affected vehicles.
The 2016 Buick Cascada was manufactured from late 2015 into early 2016, and a recall was ordered in November 2016 after a module affecting the convertible roof control wasn’t updated as planned. Because the wrong module was installed instead, windows would sometimes close when the roof control was engaged. This odd defect resulted in power windows that could be manipulated by remote control (up to eleven meters away). This means the Cascada was no longer compliant with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for power-operated window systems.
Not everyone fully understands the guidelines enforced by the lemon law, but it’s not that complex. Essentially you need to be sure that any defect you might be aware of results in a call to the manufacturer while you’re still under warranty–usually for the first 12,000 miles or within the first year. If the defect is the result of an accident, or neglect on the part of the driver, then the lemon law does not apply. When the same defect results in three consecutive unsuccessful repair attempts, then the lemon law takes effect, and the purchaser can return the vehicle for a full refund.
A new U.S. program aims to increase awareness of common defects and new recalls in order to increase the rate at which recalled vehicles are returned or fixed. This program resulted from the massive Takata airbag recall and another scary statistic: about thirty percent of all vehicles still in use have an active recall. If you think that you’ve purchased a lemon, or might have a recalled vehicle on your hands, then contact an experienced lemon law firm in order to determine your options for a potential next step. If you’re entitled to compensation, then you should hold those responsible accountable for their actions.