Interesting Facts

Relevant dates in “Lemon Law” history

All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have a lemon law in some form. The first one was enacted in 1982 in Connecticut. Over the next three years, by the end of 1985, 35 states and the District of Columbia had passed a lemon law. The most recently passed state lemon law took effect in Alaska in 1994.

The following list shows during what year the lemon law in your state first became effective. Some states have amended their lemon laws from their original form to reflect changes and updates in the law. When reviewing your state’s lemon law, make sure you are always reviewing the most recent version.

1975 — Congress passes the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
1982 — Connecticut lemon law takes effect
1983 — California, District of Columbia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming lemon laws take effect
1984 — Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia lemon laws take effect
1985 — Delaware, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Utah lemon laws take effect
1986 — Michigan and New Mexico lemon laws take effect
1987 — North Carolina and Ohio lemon laws take effect
1988 — Idaho and Kentucky lemon laws take effect
1989 — South Carolina lemon law takes effect
1990 — Alabama, Georgia and Washington lemon laws take effect
1991 — New Hampshire lemon law takes effect
1993 — Arkansas, Indiana and South Dakota lemon laws take effect
1994 — Alaska lemon law takes effect

Statistics

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Ever wonder if anyone else is having problems with the same type of vehicle you are driving? Statistics of that nature are hard to come by but many past clients have asked us that sort of question. These statistics represent the percentage of the overall total active and closed lemon law and breach of warranty cases for clients of our firm, since its inception and through the end of 2010. Keep in mind that to some extent, these numbers are indicative of the number of vehicles each manufacturer puts out on the road. For example, Ford Motor Company manufactures and distributes a lot more cars in this country than Subaru.

As you can see, we have dealt with about just every manufacturer — most you have heard of and some you probably have not. Over the years we have developed and maintained relationships with the representatives and defense attorneys who handle consumer lemon law claims for the manufacturers. Our lawyers have negotiated thousands of claims with the manufacturers and their lawyers. Our experience has also helped us become successful at a wide variety of different lemon law cases. Whether you have a car, truck, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, ATV, camper, boat or other consumer product, we’re eager to hear about your situation. To find out how we can help you, call us at (877) 846-1209 and speak to an experienced lemon law attorney, or fill out our form for a free lemon case review.

MANUFACTURER PERCENTAGE NOTES
General Motors 29.7% includes Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Saturn
Chrysler 20.8% includes Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep
Ford 16.7% includes Ford, Lincoln and Mercury
Kia 3.3%  
Nissan 2.4% includes Infiniti
Toyota 2.0% includes Lexus
BMW 2.0% includes Mini Cooper
Saab 2.0%  
Honda 1.6% includes Acura
Mazda 1.6%  
Suzuki 1.6%  
Volkswagen 1.6% includes Audi
Mercedes-Benz 1.2%  
Yamaha 1.2%  
Fleetwood 1.2%  
Other Manufacturers 11.1% includes American Ironhorse, Ducati, Forest River, Harley-Davidson, Hino, Hyundai, Isuzu, Jaguar, Kawasaki, Keystone, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Monaco, Moto Guzzi, Newmar, Piaggio, Polaris, Porsche, Subaru, Volvo, Winnebago and others

Common rights that consumers may have pertaining to “Lemons”

What rights do you have under your state’s lemon laws? Generally, you have the right to have your vehicle repaired properly at no costs to you, as stated in your vehicle’s warranty book. Most state lemon laws provide that the manufacturer or its authorized dealer must repair any defect that is reported within the lemon law period within a reasonable number of attempts and/or a reasonable amount of time. If the defect substantially impairs the use, value and/or safety of the vehicle and it cannot be repaired within a reasonable number of attempts, you can be entitled to a replacement vehicle or a refund for your lemon.

Most state lemon laws further define a reasonable number of repair attempts as being either three or four repair attempts for the same problem, although some states allow only one or two failed repair attempts if the defect could cause death or serious injury if the vehicle is driven. Some states allow lemon law claims to be brought even if the repairs are necessary for unrelated defects, although in those situations the total number of repairs needed to qualify will be higher. All state lemon laws have a time component as well, entitling a consumer to relief if the vehicle has been out of service for repair for a specific amount of time, which varies from 30 to 90 days.

Consumers also have rights under other state and federal laws, such as the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, breach of warranty laws, consumer fraud laws, odometer disclosure laws and state unfair and deceptive business practices laws. When we represent a consumer on a “lemon law” claim, we incorporate all other applicable violations that occurred in the purchase or repair of the vehicle to allow for the widest possible recovery.

Every case is different, depending upon a number circumstances such as the nature and frequency of the defect, the level of cooperation of manufacturer and its dealerships, the consumer’s ability to get normal use from the vehicle, etc. To find out how we can help you, call us at (877) 846-1209 and speak to an experienced lemon law attorneys, or fill out our form for a free lemon case review.

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