Many people regard unexpected postal mail as junk that they immediately toss in the trash. They may do this without even opening it or looking closely to see what it is or why it was sent. This can be a mistake.
Vehicle owners may receive a class action notice with a pre-printed and pre-stamped postcard or letter. These notices often refer to legal action against big companies like auto manufacturers.
These letters could yield potential compensation for a vehicle flaw. Those who fail to respond may also forfeit their legal rights in the future if the defect becomes noticeable or is worse than the class action settlement.
Common questions for those who receive the notices:
- Why did they send this notice?
These go to owners of a vehicle with a defective vehicle or part (like Takata and its infamous airbags) used in making the model. Recalls are issued when enough owners report an issue, but sometimes it is necessary to file a lawsuit on behalf of all model owners. It is compensation for the repairs or the inconvenience of numerous repairs that can go on for years.
- What if the owner tossed the notice?
The owner sometimes forfeits their rights to financial compensation. However, settled cases can provide compensation to cover repairs and perhaps provide additional money. The owner may realize after they threw away the notice that it was important – in this case, they can still submit their claim if a deadline was not passed.
- What if the owner does not opt-out?
They are then part of the class action and lose the ability to find their own solution, such as forcing the manufacturer to buy back the lemon vehicle or replace it.
- What if the dealer already attempted to fix the issue?
It may make more sense to pursue individual options with the help of a lemon law attorney specializing in securing compensation for vehicles that malfunction.
California has favorable laws
California has consumer-friendly laws regarding faulty vehicles, so it may be financially advantageous to explore lemon law protections in-state rather than rely on a national class action.