Auto Lemon Law
Generally a defect covered by the Auto Lemon Law must be a defect which substantially
impairs the use, value or safety of your vehicle. Auto Lemon laws generally place
time or mileage limitations on when the defect must be presented to the
manufacturer or authoirzed dealer in order to be covered under the Auto Lemon Law.
The manufacturer must repair the defect within a reasonable number of repair
attempts. If the manufacturer fails to repair the defect or defects in the
vehicle within a reasonable number of repair attempts, the consumer is entitled
to a repurchase or replacement of the vehicle.
What constitutes a reasonable number of repair attempts varies from state-to-state. The number of repair attempts also varies depending on the nature of the defect. In some states if the defect is of such a character that there is a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven, the vehicle is presumed to be a lemon if the defect continues to exist after one repair attempt. If the defect does not fall into this catagory, then additional repair attempts are required
In many states (as for example, Ohio), three repair attempts at the same defect
which continues to exist is sufficient for a buy back or replacement. Other
states, such as California, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, Vermont, Wisconsin,
require four repair attempts to repair the same defect before a consumer is
entitled to a buy back or repurchase.
Additionally, many state lemon laws, such as Ohio, provide that a vehicle is a
lemon if the vehicle has been out of service by reason of repair for a total
number of days such as thirty days. Other states (e.g., Kentucky, Indiana)
require a longer period, such as 45 days.