Connecticut Lemon Law Summary
STANDARDS OF THE CONNECTICUT LEMON LAW
The following is a brief explanation of most relevant provisions of the Connecticut
lemon law. The complete text of the lemon law can be found at Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann.
Sec. 42-179 et seq.
The Connecticut lemon law applies to passenger motor vehicles, passenger/commercial
motor vehicles, and motorcycles that are sold or leased in the state.
“Passenger motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle:
1. Used for the private transportation of persons and their personal belongings;
2. Designed to carry occupants in comfort and safety;
3. With not less than 50% of the total area enclosed by the outermost body contour
lines, excluding the area enclosing the engine, as seen in a plain view, utilized for
designated seating positions and necessary legroom; and
4. With a capacity of carrying not more than 10 passengers including the operator.
“Passenger and commercial motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle used for private
passenger and commercial purposes that is eligible for combination registration.
“Combination registration” means the type of registration issued to a motor vehicle used
for both private passenger and commercial purposes if the vehicle does not have a gross
vehicle weight rating in excess of ten thousand pounds.
The lemon law covers the following consumers:
1. The purchaser, other than for purposes of resale, of a motor vehicle;
2. A lessee of a motor vehicle;
3. Any person to whom the motor vehicle is transferred during the duration of an
express warranty applicable to the motor vehicle; and
4. Any person entitled by the terms of an express warranty applicable to a motor
vehicle to enforce the warranty obligations.
The lemon law does not apply to vehicle converters.
The lemon law covers any defect or condition that substantially impairs the use, safety
or value of the motor vehicle to the consumer. This is referred to as a nonconformity.
More at: bbb.org/us/auto-line/state-lemon-laws/