Information On Lemon Law Lawyers

By John Bennett

Lemon laws are the laws that protect consumers against products that do not meet certain performance and quality standards. Most electrical products are covered under these laws. However, the term lemon is often specifically meant for vehicles such as motorcycles, automobiles, SUVs, and trucks. Under the laws, the term lemon is used to refer to these vehicles. Lemon law lawyers are the attorneys whose specialty is in legal representation of clients in lemon-related law suits.

The enactment of the US federal lemon law happened in 1975, and its enactment meant that all citizens in all states were protected by the law. However, each state also has its own version, which differ among state in terms of what they cover. Some states have laws that cover used and rented cars besides other goods, while in other states, such products are not included in the laws. The rights that consumers are afforded under lemon laws exceed the terms expressed in warranties and purchase agreements.

Warranties are often placed into two classes, that is, express and implied warranties. Express warranties are those statements that manufacturers specify in user manuals, written advertising or sales materials, or in models or samples. On the other hand, implied warranties have a wider scope in that they provide assurance to consumers that the retail product meets specific minimum standards of quality. The specified minimum qualities thus make the product fit for use for the intended purpose.

In both types of warranties, the manufacturer assumes the responsibility of liability of correcting any defects found in the product. Besides correcting defects, the manufacturer also assumes liability of replacing or repurchasing the product if there is need. In most cases, the consequences, scope, and existence of implied and express warranties is dependent on state laws. The federal version of these laws is wider and cover anything mechanical.

Lemon laws can only apply if the safety, use, or value of the vehicle is impaired significantly. Cars that experience ten different defects within the warranty time frame qualify as lemons under federal laws. Under state laws, things are different. However, whether it is state or federal laws, any single defects that poses serious injury qualifies as lemon.

It is recommendable to try and fix defects discovered in the vehicle. One may take the car to a mechanic or allow the manufacturer a chance to fix defects. One should document all attempts they make at fixing defects. Without making any attempts to fix the defects it is possible to lose all rights under State Warranty Acts.

Certain factors determine whether or not it is necessary to hire a lawyer when dealing with a lemon-related case. The state is one of those factors. In some states, filing a complaint is often enough to handle the case without requiring a lawyer. In some states, it is mandatory to have legal representation in handling such cases. The state of purchase or registration of the car is very important in these cases.

Some states allow consumers to recover the amount spent on attorneys upon winning the case. Similarly, federal laws require warrantors to pay the attorney if the consumer wins the law suit. However, if the case is lost, it becomes the responsibility of the consumer to pay the attorney fee.

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