Connecticut was actually the first state to enact a consumer Lemon Law in the United States. Under Connecticut Lemon Law Statute Chapter 743b, “Automotive Warranties,” consumers are permitted to file a lemon law claim by one of two ways: government supervised arbitration or private litigation against the automotive company.
The lemon law in Connecticut covers new motor vehicles that are bought or leased in the state that:
- Fail to follow the terms of the carmaker’s express warranty;
- Possess significant manufacturing problems that affect the function, safety, or worth of the car (not caused by the new owner); or
- Possess significant manufacturing faults that happened in the first two years of ownership 24,000 miles registered on the odometer, whichever occurs or ends first.
Every claim is treated on a case-by-case basis by the government arbitration panel. However, the likely outcome from a successful Connecticut lemon law case is:
- An equivalent replacement vehicle issued by the manufacturer; or
- Repayment of the purchase price with potential deductions for related damages or losses.
Typically, the panel reaches a decision within 60 days from the day that the claim was received.
If you believe your California vehicle may be a lemon, contact the Southern California lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver at (866) 49-LEMON for a free consultation.