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Maryland - Code §14-1501
- Vehicles Covered:
- Vehicles registered as passenger vehicles, trucks that are ¾ ton or less, and multi-purpose vehicles. Motorcycles are explicitly covered. Excludes motor homes.
- Persons Covered:
- Purchasers, transferees during express warranty period or any person entitled to enforce the warranty.
- Period Covered:
- Whichever is first: 15,000 miles or 15 months from date of delivery.
- Notice Requirement:
- (a) Dealer - shall notify the manufacturer of the existence of a nonconformity, defect or condition within 7 days after the forth attempt at the same repair, or when the vehicle is out of service for one or more nonconformities for a cumulative total of 20 days; notice of procedure of reporting defect must be conspicuously disclosed to consumer in writing at time of sale or delivery of vehicle; b) Consumer - written notice by certified mail to manufacturer or factory branch; opportunity to cure.
- Repair Requirements:
- It is presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been made if the same nonconformity has been subjected to four or more repairs, or the vehicle is out of service for a cumulative total of 30 or more calendar days, or a braking of steering system failure is subjected to at least one repair attempt that is unsuccessful.
- Affirmative Defenses:
- The nonconformity does not significantly impair the use or market value of the vehicle, or is the result of abuse, neglect, or any unauthorized modifications or alterations.
- At the consumer's option, the manufacturer shall replace with a comparable vehicle acceptable to the consumer, or refund the full purchase price less a reasonable allowance (defined).
- Other Reimbursement:
- Refund of the purchase price including taxes and fees.
- Other remedies:
- There is no limit on other consumer remedies. Plaintiff may recover reasonable attorney fees. A violation is an unfair and deceptive trade practice.
- 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.
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.