The History of American Lemon Law

Lemon Law Attorney Serving Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino Counties and Other Areas in California


Today, lemon laws protect consumers in California and across the United States from substandard vehicles. However, it was not that long ago that no provisions existed to protect American citizens from defective products.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt created the Pure Food and Drug Act in response to horrible conditions in the meatpacking industry uncovered by the novel, “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair. This was the first government regulation created for U.S. businesses, which, along with The Uniform Sales Act created that same year, set standards for production. In the decades following, further regulations on manufacturers were implemented, resulting in the creation of the Federal Trade Commission in 1914, The Uniform Commercial Code in 1952, and The Song Beverley Consumer Warranty Act in 1970.

However, the very first government regulation that pertained specifically to lemon vehicles was the Magnum-Moss Warranty Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975. The Act required that any warranty on a product be fully explained to potential customers and that consumers could receive compensation if they purchased a lemon vehicle. After that, the first state to pass its own lemon law was Connecticut in 1982. Today all states have versions of the lemon law.

The California lemon law is a part of the Song-Beverley Consumer Warranty Act which protects consumers from defective products. Unfortunately, proving that your car is a lemon and getting paid by a manufacturer can be difficult.

If you believe your vehicle is a lemon, call Riverside new car lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver today at (866) 49-LEMON for help.