General Motors is America’s largest auto manufacturer, responsible for some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. One of their most popular models is the GMC Acadia – a mid-size SUV that’s popular among families and working professionals. Unfortunately, the Acadia has struggled over the years with various defects, including malfunctions with the vehicle’s rearview camera.
This is a very serious problem, as drivers rely on this technology to help them see behind their cars when driving in reverse or pulling into a parking spot. The camera allows you to see much more than you would just by turning your head, which means you are less likely to hit someone or another car. Ironically, the camera can also be the source of an accident if it shuts off unexpectedly or fails to display what is behind you. If you are having these issues with your GMC Acadia rearview camera, it’s likely that you’ve been sold a lemon.
Filing a lemon claim and getting your money back from the manufacturer should be a straightforward process. In truth, the laws can be difficult to make sense of, so it’s best to seek help from a knowledgeable lemon law lawyer, who can guide you through the entire process. Contact Guardian Lemon Law Group to schedule a free case evaluation.
GMC Acadia Back up / Rear Camera Issues
In July 2022, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation on several models of General Motors vehicles after repeated complaints of a defect with the back up or review camera. Many of these reports are from GMC Acadia owners, who state that the rearview camera won’t work when the car is in reverse. Defects include incidents of the screen appearing black, displaying a red triangle and camera icon, or showing a circle with a slash through it.
GMC has publicly acknowledged that these problems are associated with wiring issues, but many consumers are still having problems, even after their car is brought in for repairs. If you are one of these consumers, you most likely have concerns about your rights and legal options.
What are my rights if my GMC Acadia’s back up camera is broken and the manufacturer can’t fix it?
Can I return my car and get my money back?
If the Rearview Camera on my Car is Defective, Can I Lemon it?
If you purchased your car from a dealership with the manufacturer’s warranty, you may be eligible for a lemon claim if there is a significant defect that cannot be repaired by General Motors. Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, you can seek monetary compensation in the form of a refund or a replacement vehicle, along with out of pocket expenses, which will vary from case to case.
Before you can initiate a lemon complaint, the manufacturer has to be given enough chances to fix your car’s rearview camera. California law does not specify how many attempts you should allow, so this is a topic you will need to discuss with an experienced lemon law attorney.
If you’ve given the manufacturer several opportunities but the rear camera issues are still unresolved, it may be time to look into the lemon claims process. These lawsuits can be quite complicated, so it would be in your best interest to work with an attorney right from the start. Many people avoid contacting a lawyer due to the associated costs. However, there is no cost to the client if they hire an attorney, since the manufacturer pays the bills for any legal fees.
What are my Rights if I Leased my Car?
Many people are confused about their rights under the state’s lemon law if they leased their vehicle, but the protections are the same whether you purchase or lease your car. During the warranty period, the manufacturer must repair any defect that seriously impairs the car’s operability, safety, or value. Thus, if your rearview camera problems are not taken care of after a reasonable number of repair attempts, you can return your lease and get your money back, along with other costs you’ve incurred due to the issues with your car’s back up camera.
GMC Lemon Lawsuit Settlement Values
The biggest portion of your lemon law settlement is based on the purchase or lease price of your vehicle, minus an offset for the mileage that was used before you first noticed the defect with the rear view camera. But you may be entitled to other monetary damages, especially if your inability to use your vehicle’s back up camera caused you to have an accident. These are just some of the factors that we need to examine, which is why a GMC Acadia lemon lawsuit may be worth anywhere from $30,000 to over $250,000. For an approximate value of your lemon law claim, please schedule a free case review with one of our attorneys.
What is the Filing Deadline for a Lemon Law Claim?
The law is clear on the fact that you have 4 years to file a lemon complaint and seek the compensation you deserve from the manufacturer. But when does the 4-year window start? Is it from the day you purchased the vehicle, when you first noticed that the camera was defective, or some other circumstance? The answer is not always the same for every claimant, so we recommend that you contact us to figure out how long you have to take action against General Motors.
How long is the Process to Recover my Payment?
The majority of lemon law cases are settled fairly quickly compared to other types of civil litigation. In fact, there are times when a case may be resolved in just 30 days. However, many cases take around 3 to 6 months due to the fact that auto manufacturers will fight to offer you the lowest possible settlement. In the event that a fair settlement cannot be negotiated, a lawsuit is the next best option, which means it can take 1 or more years to recover your payment.
Free Second Opinion
People usually associate second opinions with doctors, but what if you need information about a pending legal case? It sounds like you could benefit from a free second opinion with the lawyers of Guardian Lemon Law. A consultation with one of our attorneys can provide you with legal options in the event that you are concerned about the way your case is being handled. These options may include changing lawyers and continuing your case with us, but this is completely up to you. To take advantage of this service, call us right away to schedule a free second opinion.
Lawyers Experienced in GMC Lemon Law Claims
A vehicle is one of the most expensive investments in anyone’s life, so it’s incredibly stressful if there is a problem with your car that the manufacturer can’t figure out. Let us take away that stress and bring you the compensation you deserve if you are the owner of a defective GMC Acadia.
There’s no need to deny yourself high quality representation from a lemon lawyer, since the manufacturer is required to cover your attorney’s fees. But that’s not all – our law firm offers a Zero Fee Guarantee from day one. That means you won’t be charged for any legal fees if we fail to recover your settlement award. With all that in mind, please take a moment to contact out office and speak with a California lemon law attorney.