Iowa Lemon Law

The Iowa Lemon Law requires manufacturers of motor vehicles to ensure the vehicles they sell are free of defects and will conform to the requirements set forth by the manufacturer’s written warranty for a period defined by the Lemon Law rights period.

The Lemon Law rights period is the term of the manufacturer’s written warranty, the period ending two years after the date of the original delivery of a motor vehicle to a consumer, or the first twenty-four thousand miles of operation attributable to a consumer, whichever expires first.

Your vehicle may be covered under the Iowa Lemon Law if it meets any of the following criteria:

  • The vehicle has been into the shop at least three times for the same problem that substantially impairs the vehicle.
  • There has been one unsuccessful attempt to repair a problem that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury.
  • The vehicle has been out of service for twenty or more cumulative days for repairs.

The Iowa Lemon Law does not cover vehicles that are substantially impaired due to an accident, abuse, neglect, modification, or alteration of the motor vehicle by persons other than the manufacturer or its authorized service agent.

There are specific notice requirements to preserve rights under the Lemon Law. The Iowa Attorney General’s office provides consumers with a free Lemon Law packet of information you should obtain and review if you believe you might have a claim under the Iowa Lemon Law.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Iowa Consumer Credit Code and Iowa Consumer Fraud Act are also important laws protecting Iowa Consumers in motor vehicle purchases.

If you believe that you have purchased a vehicle that may be covered under the Iowa Lemon Law, please click HERE to contact the Johnson Law Firm and discuss your situation.