As one of the largest automobile manufacturers in Italy, Fiat has been producing small to mid-size vehicles for well over one hundred years. In 2014, Fiat merged with the Netherlands based company FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) and took over as the new owner of the Fiat Group. A winner of numerous awards, it has received the European Car of the Year twelve times, more than any other manufacturer. Fiat also continues to be a leader in cars averaging low emissions.
Despite these signs of innovation, Fiat vehicles are not without problems. If you have made multiple efforts to repair your Fiat vehicle, with no success, you may be eligible for protective measures on your lemon vehicle. Fiat owners residing in the Oakland Alameda County area of California should contact Kaufman & Kavicky, LLP for a consultation on both State and Federal Lemon Laws.
Common Fiat Defects
Even with international recognition, Fiat is not without its own difficulties. These include:
- Diesel engine on the Fiat 500
- Premature corrosion leading to rust damage
- Poor safety record
- Gas recirculation leading to overheated coolant
- Rattling of the interior trim during driving
- Transmission defects
Fiat has been the subject of many recalls, including the 2013-2015 Fiat 500 vehicle transmission shifting into neutral. In 2017, Fiat Chrysler recalled 25,000 500L vehicles experiencing hesitation issues. The Fiat 500e also experienced issues with the propulsion system shutting down.
For consumers living in the Oakland Alameda County of California who believe that these situations might apply to their vehicle, relief may be available. Through both Federal and California State law there is potential compensation after the purchase of a lemon vehicle. Contact Kaufman & Kavicky, LLP for additional information about how to proceed.