Tesla Model 3 Lemon Law: Problems, Complaints, & Recalls

The Tesla Model 3 is an electric vehicle (EV) that launched in July 2017. Since that time, the Model 3 has been one of the top-selling plug-in EVs. However, some consumers have reported Tesla Model 3 problems that impact their vehicle’s safety and performance. 

At Robison Lemon Law Group LLC, we offer legal help to those who experience Tesla Model 3 problems. If you bought a Model 3 but are dealing with vehicle defects, please get in touch with us. Our lemon law attorney can review your case and help you decide what to do from here.

How Reliable Is the Tesla Model 3? 

In a recent report, Tesla ranked 19th among the most reliable automotive brands, according to USA Today. The report indicated that Tesla is the market leader in terms of EV sales. On the other hand, consumers have reported issues with Tesla models’ body hardware, steering and suspension, paint and trim, and climate system.

The Model 3 earned an average reliability score in the aforementioned report. Meanwhile, Tesla models like the S, Y, and X received below-average reliability scores. On top of that, less than half of the EV models evaluated in the report had average or better reliability scores. 

To avoid Tesla Model 3 problems, it pays to conduct plenty of research. If you get insights into the Model 3 and compare and contrast it to other EVs, you can decide whether this Tesla model is right for you. Of course, if you ultimately purchase a Model 3 that proves to be defective, you may be able to claim in accordance with your state’s new or used car lemon laws

What Are the Most Common Issues with the Model 3?

There are several problems that Tesla Model 3 owners commonly encounter, such as:

1. Fitment Issues

Fitment refers to the confirmation that a wheel will fit a given vehicle. Common fitment problems include a car’s wheel being offset too high or mismatched bolt patterns that do not allow a wheel to be safely bolted to a vehicle. Consumers have reported wheel problems with the Model 3 that indicate they may be dealing with fitment issues. 

2. Faulty Glass Roof

The glass roof of the Model 3 may be prone to cracking. If the roof shatters while someone is driving a Model 3, the glass can be hazardous to the driver and any passengers in their vehicle. In addition, the cost to replace a Model 3’s faulty glass roof can be significant. 

3. Paint Defects

It is common for a car’s paint to wear down over time. Yet, the Model 3’s standard paint job may deteriorate quickly. This can impact the appearance of a Model 3 and affect its resale value. 

4. Sensor Failures 

In October 2022, Tesla announced its decision to remove ultrasonic sensors from its Model 3 and Model Y. Prior to this announcement, some Model 3 owners reported parking sensor problems. They indicated these issues may have occurred due to damaged wiring and wear and tear. 

Robison Lemon Law Group LLC has experience with Tesla complaints and recalls. If you are ready to file a lemon law claim, please let us know. Our lemon law lawyer can help you submit your claim and request compensation based on your Model 3 safety and performance issues.

What Safety Risks Have Been Reported with the Model 3?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued at least 22 Tesla Model 3 safety recalls linked to many issues, such as:

1. Battery Issues

Tesla recalled certain 2023 Model 3 vehicles in June 2023 due to a defective battery disconnect. If a Model 3 driver gets into an accident, this issue will not isolate their vehicle’s high-voltage battery. In this scenario, the driver can suffer electrical shock or injury. 

2. Suspension Problems

In March 2023, Tesla reported that some of its models have faulty front suspension lateral link fasteners. The automaker noted that these defective fasteners can loosen, which can alter a vehicle’s wheel alignment. If this occurs, a vehicle can become unstable to the point where the driver faces an increased risk of a crash. 

3. Tail Light Problems

Certain Model 3 vehicles have tail lights that do not illuminate consistently. If a tail light does not work correctly, it can impact the visibility of a vehicle. Therefore, if a Model 3 driver is operating a car with one or more defective tail lights, they face a higher risk of a crash. 

Watch for vehicle recalls from Tesla or NHTSA. If you are dealing with a Model 3 defect that is covered under a recall, bring your car to a dealer or manufacturer for repairs. In instances where the dealer or manufacturer refuses to cover the cost of your recall repairs, you can get help from a lemon law attorney. 

What to Do If You Want to File a Tesla Model 3 Lemon Law Claim

For those who want to file a lemon law claim, it is important to consult with an attorney. Find a lawyer who can teach you about the lemon law in your state. You can explain what problems you are having with your Model 3, and the attorney can help you move forward with your claim. 

If you experience issues with your Model 3’s door alignment, have been in contact with a car dealer or manufacturer that will not cover the costs of drive unit replacements, or have no idea how to proceed with a lemon law claim, it is in your best interests to meet with an attorney right away. A lemon law lawyer treats each case as its own entity. If you have a valid claim, they can help you pursue compensation from a negligent car dealer or manufacturer. 

Your lawyer will keep you in the loop at each stage of your case. They will make sure you receive comprehensive legal help as you attempt to secure compensation. If your lawyer succeeds, they can help you get the money you deserve based on your Model 3 defects. 

Get Started with Your Tesla Model 3 Lemon Law Claim

Robison Lemon Law Group LLC is ready to help you with your Model 3 lemon law claim. For more information or to request a free case evaluation, please contact us today. 

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