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Did you just buy a brand-new car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, or personal watercraft that turned out to be a lemon? Technically speaking, a "lemon" vehicle is one with defects or nonconformities that have not been repaired despite the manufacturer having been provided with a reasonable number of attempts to do so. Non-technically speaking, that means you have made a major purchase and now have a financial and likely emotional disaster on your hands.
There is, however, a way out of this situation, because the State of Louisiana has enacted a Lemon Law to supplement the consumer protections afforded by federal law. The Louisiana Lemon Law covers all "personal use" motor vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds. The Louisiana Lemon Law provides that the owner or lessee of a motor vehicle may seek a refund or replacement vehicle if the manufacturer fails to repair nonconformities in the vehicle that substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value, or safety. Moreover, the Louisiana Lemon Law makes clear that the owner or lessee of these personal use motor vehicles must only provide the manufacturer with a reasonable number of attempts to repair. According to the plain language of the law, a consumer must only give the manufacturer four (4) times or forty-five (45) days to repair these nonconformities for the motor vehicle to be considered a lemon. Some examples of motor vehicles that are covered by the Louisiana Lemon Law include:
- All passenger cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles, vans, and SUV’s purchased in the State of Louisiana that weigh less than 10,000 pounds.
- Personal Watercraft and ATV’s that weigh less than 10,000 pounds.
- The chassis and drive train of Motorhomes sold in Louisiana
To pursue a legal claim under the Louisiana Lemon law, you must first contact the vehicle manufacturer to report the problem and to give the manufacturer an opportunity to perform a final repair on the vehicle. You should keep all receipts during this process. You must also go through a free non-binding arbitration process so long as the manufacturer operates such a program in the State of Louisiana and the program substantially complies with federal regulations. However, rather than attempting to go it alone, it is important that you retain an experienced Lemon Law attorney who may properly advise you on your rights and who may counsel you on what course of action to take. Therefore, if your car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle, or personal watercraft has not been repaired, contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®. With over 35,000 cases handled nationally, we have the experience to determine if your case qualifies for relief under the Louisiana Lemon Law. We will review your case without charge, and nearly all of our cases are settled without a trial. We also work to get your case settled as quickly as possible. Further, we stay on top of the latest legal developments regarding lemon vehicles so that we may get the best results possible for your case.
As experienced attorneys, we understand the stress of having to deal with a defective vehicle, especially if it is used to get you to and from work or other necessary transportation. Finally, we understand the importance of having a reliable and safe vehicle so that you do not worry about the safety of your friends and loved ones when you get behind the wheel. Let us help you to remove the lemon from your driveway. Let a Louisiana Lemon Law attorney help you to get safely back on the road.