The Dayton Daily News reports that Ohio has revised its laws regarding lemon vehicles in response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. The revision indefinitely extends the time a manufacturer has to locate spare parts.
The revised law extends the time an automaker has to repair a vehicle deemed to be a lemon. According to a spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the move was in response to the recent Japanese disaster, which prompted a parts shortage. As a result, many vehicle manufacturers weren’t able to repair problems during the mandated 30-day time period.
To be eligible for coverage under Ohio’s lemon law, a vehicle must be less than a year old and have less than 18,000 miles, in addition to having one or more problems covered by the warranty that impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Furthermore, the vehicle must meet one of four requirements to be deemed a lemon. Before the law was revised, if a vehicle was in a repair shop for a cumulative total of 30 days, it could be considered a lemon. The owner would be able to request a replacement vehicle or a refund of their money. Now, the exemption lengthens that time for an indefinite period should a natural disaster occur.
Howard D. Silver is a lemon law attorney in the Los Angeles area and helps consumers throughout Southern California with issues relating to lemon vehicles. If your vehicle has given you significant problems that affect its use, value, or safety, call Mr. Silver to learn more about your legal rights. Call (855) 341-2611 to find out more about California’s lemon law.