Lemon Law or the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, more commonly known as the Lemon Law was passed in 1975 in the United States. It is a federal law implying that a product must operate as intended as long as it is covered by its warranty. The law refers to most manufactured, mechanical goods, motorcycles, vehicles, recreational vehicles, and computers.

If a vehicle or any other product mentioned above fails to meet the standards mentioned in the original manufacturer warranty, then the manufacturer must replace or refund the problematic item or the vehicle in order to compensate the consumer’s losses.

The Lemon Law or the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is thus meant to protect consumer rights, making product manufacturers feel more responsible for the quality of goods they produce. Lemon Law differs from state to state, as different states interpret the term “Lemon” differently.  In some states, a vehicle can be described as “Lemon” if it has been in the repair shop for cumulatively 30 days. In other cases, a vehicle must be repaired 3-4 times in an authorized repair facility for the same problem to be called a “Lemon.” However, there are cases when the defect is so severe that 2 repair visits are enough to brand a vehicle as “Lemon.”

Some used vehicles may also be covered under the Lemon Law. If the vehicle is a used one, but it is still under its original manufacturer warranty period, then its owner may be eligible for compensation under the Lemon Law.

Sometimes, it is rather hard to convince a manufacturer that the vehicle they have sold to you is a “Lemon.” Hence, if you think you have got a defective vehicle, you should turn to an experienced Lemon Law attorney for legal help. The Margarian Law Firm in California handles Lemon Law and auto dealer fraud cases. So, if you think you need a free case evaluation and further legal help, then call us at (818) 553-1000.