Most states have enacted Lemon laws designed to protect car buyers or lessees who purchase or lease vehicles that are fraught
with defects and cannot be repaired within a reasonable time or a reasonable number of attempts. Whether the vehicle is
purchased new or used, state Lemon Laws and/or the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (also known as the federal Lemon Law)
allow consumers to bring claims against automobile manufacturers to seek relief for purchasing or leasing a defective “lemon”
If you’re an owner or lessee of a lemon, you are faced with the dilemma of having to keep making payments for your defective
vehicle while it either sits broken-down or simply does not reliably and comfortably get you from point A to B. Fortunately,
federal and state Lemon Laws provide consumers with protection in these situations.
At Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, we are Lemon Law attorneys who understand how difficult these situations
can be, and we are here to help with your case and potentially dire situation. We can help you answer questions about Lemon
Laws and ensure that you understand your rights.
History of Lemon Laws
In 1975, the United States Congress enacted the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to ensure that consumers who purchased consumer
products covered by warranties received protection for their products. Prior to 1975, many warrantors of consumer products
failed to live up to the obligations of their warranties. Congress sought to change that and enacted legislation that made
previous warranty laws more enforceable. Specifically, Congress sought to build on the existing protections afforded by
most states’ enactment of the Uniform Commercial Code, by taking these protections and enhancing them. Form and content
provisions were enacted by Congress which set forth specific requirements that a warranty must meet before it could be labeled
as a “full” warranty. Furthermore, Congress imposed specific restrictions that warrantors could put in their warranties
regarding the disclaimers of certain types of damages or the right to pursue implied warranty claims. Congress also broadened
the scope of the claims that could be brought by no longer restricting the legal definition of a warranty to one that promises
only that the product would be defect free. Instead, Congress allowed consumers to bring claims for common “repair or replace”
warranties that most automobile manufacturers were providing with their vehicles. Finally, Congress provided consumers with
greater remedies should warrantors not live up to the obligations of their warranties by allowing consumers to bring federal
lemon law claims for money damages, equitable relief and to recover attorneys’ fees.
Contemporaneous to the enactment of the federal Lemon Law, states in the nation started following suit and enacting their
own lemon laws that more specifically targeted automobiles. Today, every state in the nation has enacted some type of lemon
law that provides protection of vehicle purchasers and lessees for when a vehicle proves to be unreliable and cannot be
repaired within a reasonable time or reasonable number of attempts.
Fighting for Your Rights According to the Lemon Law
Advancing a Lemon Law claim is straightforward and can be handled by experienced Lemon Law attorneys who will walk you through
the process. To assess your case, a Lemon Law attorney will simply want to review your repair history. This repair history
will allow the attorney to make an initial assessment if you meet the criteria of the law. The attorney will also want to
interview you in order to determine the extent of the problems with your vehicle and to fill in any gaps that might not
be apparent from the dealer’s repair records. Accordingly, contacting attorneys concentrating their practice in lemon laws,
such as our attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, is a great way to get the process started to make
sure that you are best protecting your rights.
We are ready to fight for you to ensure you get the best possible results according to the law. Trying to prove you have
purchased a lemon can be extremely challenging without the assistance of an attorney. However, our attorneys have significant
experience in this field and we can help you remove the stress from the situation by using our experience to put you in
the best possible position to recover.
If you need assistance with a potential lemon law case, contact us right away. We will review your case and ensure you get
the representation you need to protect your rights.