Lemon laws were law created to protect consumers from shoddy products. Specifically, the laws were created to protect purchasers of new automobiles from increasingly problem plagued specific automobiles. An automobile that regularly suffers from severe problems that the dealer is unable to satisfactorily correct after four or more attempts or is plagued by an assortment of unexpected problems is a referred to as a lemon. Consumers who have purchased a lemon have certain remedies under state lemon laws.
To be a lemon, the defect(s) must be severe enough to affect the safety or value of the vehicle. Defective areas might include the engine, transmission, cooling system, electrical system, brakes, odors, paint, etc.
Lemon laws generally cover automobiles but may also cover computers, boats and recreation vehicles in some states.