LEMON LAW COVERS
OR DAYS OUT OF SERVICE
|Passenger vehicles and
noncommercial motor vehicles, motor homes (except cooking and
sleeping facilities), manufactured homes, and recreational
vehicles, but excluding vehicles of government entities and
vehicles of business or commercial enterprises registering 3 or
more motor vehicles.
||3 repair attempts for same
defect. 8 total repair attempts, 1 attempt to repair condition
likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, or out of
service 30 or more calendar days
||1 year or 18,000
miles, whichever occurs first.
Ohio Lemon Law Statute
Ohio Attorney General - Consumer Protection Index
Ohio's Lemon Law (updated April 4, 2002)
Ohio legislators passed one of the most comprehensive lemon laws in the nation in 1987. It requires automakers to repair defects that affect the use, value, or safety of a new motor vehicle within the first 12 months or 18,000 miles (whichever comes first). If you are having problems with your NEW purchased or leased vehicle, you should immediately take it to an authorized dealer for repair.
The automaker or dealer must be given a reasonable opportunity to fix the problem, and if the problem is not corrected, you might be eligible for a refund or replacement. You are covered by this law even if the problem was discovered late in the protection period and the repair attempts extend beyond one year or 18,000 miles. Failure to comply with parts of Ohio's Lemon Law is a violation of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act.
What Is a Lemon?
A lemon is a motor vehicle that has a problem or problems, covered by the warranty, that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of that vehicle. If you have had problems within the first year or 18,000 miles with your passenger car, light truck (no more than one ton load capacity and not used in business), or motorcycle, you should take it back to the manufacturer or the dealer and ask them to fix it. If they fail to correct the problem(s) after being given a reasonable opportunity to do so, you might own a lemon.