Lemon Law Helps Keep Georgia Roads Safe


April 20, 2011

The Lemon Law in Georgia is for the benefit of consumers of motor vehicles and is a law that requires the manufacturer of your vehicle to replace or buy back your vehicle under some circumstances if there have been repeated attempts to repair it to no avail.

The vehicle is designated a "lemon" by the standards of this law and the manufacturer has to stand behind the product.

One other important but often overlooked function of the Lemon Law is to provide warnings to car manufacturers that there may be product defects that make vehicles unsafe and contribute to auto accidents. It also helps keep car dealers honest because if they do end up buying back a vehicle they must alert potential buyers of the defect. Thus, the Lemon Law helps keep unsafe and dangerous vehicles off Georgia roadways. If a defect cannot be repaired or is a major safety issue, the car cannot be resold. The Lemon Law reduces both the number and seriousness of Georgia car accidents by giving consumers a cost-effective way to remove the vehicle from the road. Defects revealed by consumers may also put car manufacturers on notice if the defect later leads to serious motor vehicle accidents and results in serious injury or wrongful death.

The Lemon Law does not cover used vehicles. It covers new vehicles that were purchased, leased or registered in Georgia on or after January 1, 2009. Your name must be on title to the vehicle. The vehicles must be self-propelled so trailers and campers that are towed do not qualify under this law. Other vehicles that don't qualify are boats, ATVs, motorcycles, mopeds, and trucks over 12,000 pounds.

Safety defects are the most important vehicle issue covered by the Lemon Law. Other defects covered are those that seriously impede the use or value of the vehicle to the consumer or any that make the vehicle violate the manufacturer's warranty. If a vehicle is modified or altered in any way by the consumer, it is not covered by the law. If there is natural wear and tear or abuse and neglect that affect the vehicle, it is not covered under the law. The Lemon Law statute of limitations is two years from the date the vehicle was delivered to the customer or after the first 24,000 miles of use - whichever comes first.

If a defect in your vehicle contributes to a serious car accident resulting in injury to you or death of a loved one, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your loss. If you have attempted to have your vehicle repaired and reported the defect to the manufacturer or dealer, who has been unable or unwilling to repair the dangerous defect, you should carefully document your attempts to have the vehicle repaired. It is important to also document all correspondence and communication with the vehicle manufacturer or dealer regarding the defect. This may be critical evidence regarding the cause of your accident and may be a basis for imposing punitive damages particularly if you were not alone in reporting the defect.

Our experienced Georgia car crash lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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