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The term “vehicle” in the Missouri Lemon Law

The Missouri lemon law defines a motor vehicle as “those vehicles propelled by power other than muscular power.” This certainly covers almost all cars and trucks on the road, which use an engine and/or battery power. The Flintstones’ car, though, would not be covered.

The Missouri lemon law also covers the “chassis, engine, powertrain and component parts” of Recreational Vehicles (RVs).

What about an RV without an engine?  The statute does not say that a vehicle must be self-propelled. Most RVs are designed to be mobile, but cannot be moved by muscle power alone. Therefore, the “component parts” should be covered by the Missouri lemon law.

Although the Missouri lemon law excludes off-road vehicles, mopeds, and motorcycles, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act may still apply.

About the Lemon Laws

If you own a product you feel is defective or does not meet your expectations, a “lemon law” can provide additional help, beyond just another repair attempt and another repair attempt and another repair attempt…

The word “lemon” has been used to refer to something that is unsatisfactory since Shakespeare, in “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Act V, Scene II.  The first “lemon law” to protect vehicle owners was passed in Connecticut in 1982. That law is still on the books as Title 42, Chapter 743b of the General Statutes of Connecticut.  Since then, all 50 states have passed a lemon law, including Missouri in 1984.

The Missouri state lemon law covers new vehicles purchased in the last 18 months. If you have been to the dealership four or more times for repair attempts or if your vehicle has been at the dealership for more than 30 days, then you may be able to ask the manufacturer to take the vehicle back and refund your money.

In 1975, the federal government passed a law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act,  designed to protect consumers of almost product, including cars and trucks and electronics and appliances, as long as it came with a warranty.

If your product has had an unreasonable number of repair attempts , or has been at the dealership for an unreasonable length of time, then you may be able to recover money and keep the product to do with as you please.

Furthermore, if your vehicle still has an ongoing problem, then the manufacturer may have breached the warranty, meaning the manufacturer may owe you money because they have been unable, or unwilling, to actually fix the vehicle.

Law Office of Bryan Brody has experience with these laws and more.  Please contact us to obtain more information about how we might be able to help you.