Are Motorcycles Covered Under The Lemon Law?

June 28, 2009
By: Robert Silverman

As soon as the weather takes a turn for the better, and motorcyclists “get their motors running,” calls come in to 1-800-LEMON-LAW about defective Harley Davidson, Honda, BMW, Yamaha, and Kawasaki motorcycles…with all the callers asking the same question:  “Are motorcycles covered under the Lemon Law?”

The answer depends on the state.  Among the states we practice, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut all include motorcycles in their Lemon Law. In all of these states, we can file a Lemon Law claim completely free to the consumer, with the possible outcome being a new bike or refund. In Pennsylvania, we spoke in front of the House of Representatives Consumer Affairs Committee, urging the inclusion of motorcycles, however it has yet to happen.

All is not lost however, in the states we practice that do not offer Lemon Law protection for motorcycles, namely Pennsylvania and Delaware, we use the grandfather of the Lemon Law, the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act to go after the manufacturer for the diminished value of the bike as a result of the defect.  And like the Lemon Law, legal representation is completely cost-free. In the past eighteen years, our firm has successfully handled thousands of motorcycle claims. 

To check if your state offers a Motorcycle Lemon law, click here. For more information regarding lemon law and breach of warranty rights for motorcycle owners, feel free to e-mail us or call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW (1-800-536-6652).

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