The Hawaii lemon law provides assistance to consumers who purchase or lease a new motor vehicle and have recurring difficulties getting the vehicle fixed during the manufacturer’s warranty. The law can assist consumers in obtaining a replacement vehicle from the automaker or a refund of the vehicle purchase price.
Under the lemon law in Hawaii, coverage is offered to new motor vehicles, including demonstrator models. The vehicle also must be purchased, leased, or initially registered in the state, and be used for personal and/or business reasons. The Hawaii lemon law does not cover motorcycles, motorized scooters, mopeds, or vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds.
A vehicle is considered to be a lemon if certain criterions are met, such as having a nonconformity that is covered by the manufacturer's warranty and the defect significantly impacts the use, market value, and/or safety of the vehicle. Also in Hawaii, consumers are required to make an effort to have the nonconformity fixed during the Lemon Law Rights Period, and give the manufacturer written notice of the defect and a reasonable chance to fix the problem. Consumers must also file an arbitration request within a year after the Lemon Law Rights Period has expired. According to the Hawaiian Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the Lemon Law Rights Period expires two years after the vehicle's original delivery date to a consumer, or after 24,000 miles of operation, whichever happens first.
From state to state, the lemon law can vary, as can the protections offered to consumers who have purchased a defective vehicle. If you believe your vehicle may be a lemon, or if you have other questions relating to the California lemon law and consumer protection, contact attorney Howard D. Silver. Mr. Silver can provide the answers you are seeking and help you determine whether your vehicle qualifies for coverage. Call 1-(855) 341-2611.