Does the Lemon Law Apply to Motorcycles?
Norman Taylor & Associates
January 10, 2018
Understanding CA’s Lemon Law for Motorcycles
Motor vehicle defects are common in the United States, prompting safety recalls, personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits and here in California – Lemon Law claims. But what about motorcycles? Can defective motorcycles be subject to Lemon Law claims?
Like defective automobiles, motorcycle defects are a common occurrence; someone can just as easily buy a motorcycle, take it home and discover that it has problems. If after trying to get the issue fixed under the manufacturer’s warranty, it does not resolve, the owner finds himself or herself wondering, “Can the Lemon Law apply to my motorcycle?”
What is California’s Motorcycle Lemon Law?
- California’s Lemon Law applies to motorcycles sold with a warranty; it is not limited to motor vehicles.
- The Lemon Law applies to motorcycles that have been leased and purchased.
So, how can the Lemon Law help riders who have a defective motorcycle that is not responding to repairs?
Under the law, if the manufacturer of the motorcycle is unable to repair the bike after a “reasonable number of attempts,” and the defect is substantial, the manufacturer is required to:
1) Replace the defective motorcycle, or
2) Return the motorcycle owner’s money
Can a Motorcycle Manufacturer Refuse to Refund My Money?
“What if the manufacturer refuses to replace or refund my money for the lemon?” In that case, you, the consumer, have the right to file a civil action against the manufacturer in court. When consumers win such cases, manufacturers are not only required to provide the consumer with a replacement or refund, they are required to pay the consumer’s expenses, including their attorney fees.
Do you have a motorcycle that is not responding to repairs? You do not have to contend with this problem alone. Contact Norman Taylor & Associates to meet with our California Lemon Law attorney for free.