Toyota‘s recent recall regarding the uncontrollable acceleration of its vehicles has led many Toyota car owners to contact my Texas Lemon Law office for recourse. Most consumers ask if it is possible for them to get an automatic buyback, due to the recall. The answer is “it depends.”
Texas Lemon Law has a set of strict guidelines — the consumer’s situation must fit within those guidelines to be eligible for a potential lemon law buyback. Moreover, the Texas Lemon Law is never definitive because it is subject to an administrative judge’s ruling.
In general, the lemon law requires that the consumer have taken the vehicle in at least 4 times unsuccessfully within the first 24,000 miles or 24 months, whichever occurs first. If the problem is considered a serious safety matter, then the law only requires 2 times. Toyota’s acceleration problem is arguably a serious safety defect. However and again, it is up to the administrative judge at the lemon law hearing to make that decision.