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Iowa - Code §322G.1
- Vehicles Covered:
- Vehicles purchased or leased in-state and primarily designed for transportation of persons or property. Excludes mopeds, motorcycles, motor homes or vehicles over 10,000 lbs.
- Persons Covered:
- Purchasers, lessees or any other person entitled to enforce the warranty.
- Period Covered:
- Whichever is first: term of express warranty, within two years from date of delivery or within 24,000 miles of operation.
- Notice Requirement:
- (a) Manufacturer - written notice of warranty; (b) Consumer - report the nonconformity; notice to manufacturer via certified, registered, or overnight service mail.
- Repair Requirements:
- It is presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been made if the same nonconformity has been subjected to three or more repairs or one attempt to repair a nonconformity likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, or the vehicle is out of service for a cumulative total of 30 or more calendar days.
- Affirmative Defenses:
- The nonconformity does not significantly impair the vehicle, or is the result of abuse, neglect, or any unauthorized modification or alteration by the consumer, or the claim was not raised in good faith; other defenses allowed by law.
- The manufacturer shall replace with a comparable new vehicle, or accept a return and refund the full purchase price less a reasonable offset for use (defined).
- Other Reimbursement:
- Collateral charges, refunds to consumer and lienholder: Attorney fees.
- Other remedies:
- There is no limit on other consumer remedies.
- For remedies under this section, a consumer must use the informal dispute procedure established by the manufacturer provided the procedure complies with 16 C.F.R. 703.
- Resale of Lemon:
- Full disclosure required. Title must indicate vehicle previously returned under lemon law.
Disclaimer: Please note that statutes may have been amended since the book was originally published in 2005.
Please consult your Secretary of State or local DMV office for the most recent and up to date statutes for the California Lemon Law.