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Taylor Ward, Attorney

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Lemon Law Rights

If your vehicle is a "lemon", you have the right to:

1. Require the manufacturer to 

  • Repurchase the vehicle - The manufacturer must buy your vehicle back from you.

  • Replace the vehicle - The manufacturer must exchange your vehicle for another.

  • Cash settlement - The manufacturer and you may agree to settle for a lump sum amount

2. Attorney fees paid by the manufacturer

  • Ohio law requires that a manufacturer pay your attorney fees if it is found that your vehicle is a lemon

If you purchased a "new" car, you may be able to force the manufacturer to repurchase or replace your vehicle if you have a defect (also known as a nonconformity). In some cases there is a presumption that the vehicle is a lemon under Ohio law if some other conditions are met: 

- TIMING: You reported the problem to them within 1 year or 18,000 miles; and

- REPAIR ATTEMPTS: The car company either (i) attempted 3 or more repair attempts on the same defect; or is (ii) out of service for 30 or more days; or (iii) eight or more repair attempts to any nonconformity; or (iv) one or more repair attempts to a defect likely to cause serious bodily injury. 

How do I know if I have a "lemon" covered by Ohio Lemon Law?

A vehicle may be presumed to be a “Lemon” if:

1. The new motor vehicle has been subject to repair of a non-conformity a total of 3 or more times for substantially the same problem within 1 year or 18,000 miles of the original delivery date, and the problem still exists or recurs, or,

2. The new motor vehicle is out of service because of repairs for a total of 30 or more days during the first year, or,

3. The vehicle is subject to eight or more repairs for any non-conformity.

4. The vehicle is subject to one non-conformity that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury and the non-conformity continues to exist or recurs.

Is there a time limit to bring a claim under Ohio Lemon Law?

Yes. You may file a claim in court within 5 years of the date of purchase. However, the vehicle must be presented to a dealer for repairs within the first year or 18,000 miles from purchase. The buyer or lessee must have the repairs, for the same defect, within the first year or 18,000 miles from the original delivery date. Alternatively, the vehicle must be out of service for repair for 30 or more days during the term of the manufacturer's express warranty or within 1 year of delivery, whichever is earlier. A third possibility is that the vehicle is subject to eight repairs for any non-conformity within the first year or 18,000 miles from the original delivery date. Finally, if during the first year or 18,000 miles from the original delivery date, the vehicle is subject to one repair for a non-conformity that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury and the non-conformity continues to exist or recurs.

I think I have a defective motor vehicle. How do I start the process? 

Contact our office at 419-536-8600 and speak with our experienced attorneys!