Pennsylvania does not currently have a specific Motorcycle lemon law at this time. The Pennsylvania Lemon Law currently only applies to personal use cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s, for the most part. Fortunately, however, you may be able to bring a lemon law-type claim if you have purchased a defective motorcycle. If your motorcycle suffered a substantial defect while under the original manufacturer’s warranty, there is a federal law called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that covers motorcycles that have a written warranty on them. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act protects consumers who purchase any product that costs over $25 and comes with a written warranty, so a motorcycle would be covered by this law. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is similar to the Pennsylvania Lemon Law in many regards. Like the Pennsylvania Lemon Law, the Act provides for a refund or free replacement of the defective product, and further provides for recovery of all associated costs including Attorney fees for bringing such a claim. If the purchaser can show that the motorcycle suffered a substantial defect or non-conformity during the warranty period, and the manufacturer was unable to remedy that defect after a reasonable number of attempts, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act will provide relief to the purchaser. The Magnuson-Moss Act is an act that was designed to ensure that manufacturers (of any product) who offer a written warranty on that product abide by and honor the terms of any warranty that they give. A purchaser of a motorcycle is a prime candidate to use this law in the event that he purchases a “lemon”. In practice, Lemon Law Attorneys have used this Act very successfully in Pennsylvania to protect purchasers of defective motorcycles. If your motorcycle has suffered a defect while still under the original manufacturer’s warranty, you may be entitled to a full refund or free replacement, plus free legal representation.
Greg Artim is an Attorney based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He handles Lemon Law and Breach of Warranty matters in all of Pennsylvania. Visit his website at http://www.ihatethislemon.com
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