Tesla Motors is challenging a lemon law claim made by a Wisconsin attorney who calls himself the “King of Lemon Laws”. Tesla released a statement on their blog stating that the attorney, Vince Megna, misrepresented the facts of the case and implies that the Model S in question had been tampered with. In the blog post Tesla re-affirms their commitment to customer service and compliance with lemon laws.
In a video released by Megna, that stars himself alongside a cardboard cut out of George Clooney, he states that the vehicle spent 66 day in a service center for repairs to faulty door handles, fuses and a battery that would not hold a charge. He also claims that his client, retired Milwaukee doctor Robert Montgomery, demanded on three separate occasions a lemon-law buy back from Tesla. Tesla Motors denies these claims, and points out that the company was actually working with Montgomery to resolve the issues up until the lawsuit was filed.
Tesla is claiming that the problems with the car in question have “elusive origins” implying that the vehicle may have been tampered with. Tesla mechanics could not replicate the issue that Montgomery was having with the door handles but did replace them. Once replaced, Montgomery claimed that they were still faulty and Tesla offered to fix them again. The issue with the fuses is also suspect according to Tesla, whose engineers discovered that the cars front trunk, where the fuse box is located, had “been opened immediately before the fuse failure on each of these occasions”.
The blog post from Tesla states “there are good reasons to be skeptical of the lawyer’s motivations” and also points out that he filed a lemon law claim last year against Volvo on behalf of the same client.
Lemon laws vary from state to state and some states even have laws that cover new as well as used cars. There are tons of valuable resources out there that detail the laws for each state. This page for example details the lemon laws in California including what consumers need to know if they think they got a lemon.