Ohio Lemon Law Statute
Lemon Law Attorneys in Ohio
Defective or unsafe vehicles - How to replace or return the cars
Overview of Ohio Lemon Law:
Purchasing a vehicle is one of the most significant amounts of money a consumer may expend. On some occasions, cars or trucks will have defects and will not perform as expected. If a vehicle is substantially impaired and it affects the use, safety, or value of the vehicle, a consumer may utilize Ohio law to obtain a return of the vehicle or replace it with a similar vehicle.
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Advocating for Consumers
Ohio's Lemon Law, enacted in 1987, was designed to address the inherent shortcomings in previous consumer-protection laws, which often failed to provide an adequate remedy to consumers of defective automobiles.
Rights: A consumer may demand a replacement vehicle or a refund of the full purchase price, at the consumer's option, for a new vehicle that is considered a "lemon" under the statute.
"Consumers" - defining who may qualify for relief under the Lemon Law
The Ohio Lemon Law (Ohio Revised Code 1345.71) defines a "consumer" as (1) purchasers, other than for resale, of a motor vehicle; (2) any lessee of a motor vehicle; (3) any person to whom the vehicle is transferred during the duration of the express warranty; and (4) any other person who is entitled by the terms of the warranty to enforce the warranty.
"Motor Vehicles" - what cars and trucks are covered by the Ohio Lemon Law
A "motor vehicle" is any passenger car or noncommercial motor vehicle or those parts of any motor home that are not part of the permanently installed facilities for cold storage, cooking, and consuming of food, and for sleeping. O.R.C. 1345.71(D). The Lemon Law does not provide coverage for vehicles manufactured for commercial use.
New vehicles are protected by the act. However, the Lemon Law does not apply to used motor vehicles. A "new" motor vehicle is that which the legal title to which has never been transferred by a manufacturer, distributor, or dealer to an alternate purchaser.
Defects that qualify as a lemon
If a new motor vehicle does not conform to an express warranty and the consumer reports the nonconformity to the manufacturer or dealer within one year of the date of delivery or during the first 18,000 miles, whichever is earlier, the manufacturer's dealer shall make any repairs that are necessary to conform the vehicle to such express warranty.
If the manufacturer is unable to conform the motor vehicle to its warranty then it must either replace the motor vehicle with a new motor vehicle or repurchase the vehicle. O.R.C. 1345.72(B).