The Pennsylvania Lemon Law is a powerful consumer statute.
If you have recently purchased a defective vehicle, then the Pennsylvania (PA) Lemon Law may provide you with the opportunity to recieve either a new vehicle or cash compensation for your troubles.
The Pennsylvania Lemon Law allows consumers who have purchased new vehicles to bring a claim against the manufacturer if that vehicle is found to be defective. In order to qualify, the vehicle must exhibit a serious defect which affects the use, value or safety of the vehicle. The defect must arise during the first year or 12,000 miles, which ever comes first, and you must notify the manufacturer of this defect within that time. The manufacturer, through its authorized agent (the dealer) must be given at least three (3) opportunities to repair the defect. If the manufacturer is unable to correct the defect after being given those opportunities, then you may have a claim for compensation against them.
If you have purchased a used vehicle which is defective, you will not qualify for the PA Lemon Law. Fortunately, there is a federal law that may provide some relief to you. The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act is a federal law that is similar in many regards to the PA Lemon Law. The Magnuson Moss Act, however, does not have mileage restrictions nor does it apply only to new vehicles. The Act applies to any product that has a written warranty which contains a defect that is not corrected within a reasonable number of attempts. Our office will take on cases where the defect arises under the original manufacturer's warranty period.
Both the PA Lemon Law and the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act have provisions in them that allow you to recover your attorney fees if you prevail in making a defective vehicle claim against the manufacturer. In that regard, we do not charge an up-front fee or retainer when we handle such a case. Our fee will come from the manufacturer, either by means of a direct payment or as a contingency fee based upon your settlement amount.
Contact our office today at 412-281-1250 or 1-888-536-6644 for a free, no obligation review of your defective vehicle case.