Connecticut Lemon Law
Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 42-179 to 42-184
Vehicles covered: Passenger motor vehicles or passenger and commercial
vehicles (as defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-1) sold or
leased in-state (§ 42-179(a)(2)).
Persons covered: Purchasers or lessees; transferees during express
warranty period; or any person entitled to enforce the warranty
Period covered: Whichever comes first: two years following date
of delivery or first 24,000 miles (§ 42-179(b)).
Disclosure requirements: Manufacturer shall provide a state approved
form explaining warranty and dispute settlement program,
and disclose in the warranty or owner’s manual that written notice
of nonconformity is required; must include name and address
(§§ 42-179(c), 42-179(b)).
Required consumer notice:Written notification, if the manufacturer
complied with notification requirements (§ 42-179(c)).
Repair requirements: It is presumed that a reasonable number of
attempts have been made if the same nonconformity is subjected to
repair four times, or the vehicle is out of service for a cumulative
total of thirty or more calendar days with at least one attempt to
repair or refusal to repair (§ 42-179(e)); if the nonconformity is
likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, then two repair
attempts during earlier of one-year period or within express warranty
term sufficient (§ 42-179(e), (f)).
Affırmative defenses: The nonconformity does not substantially
impair the use, safety or value of the vehicle, or is the result of
abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications or alterations (§ 42-
Replace/refund: The manufacturer shall replace with a new motor
vehicle acceptable to the consumer, or refund the contract price
minus a reasonable allowance for use (defined) (§ 42-179(d)).
Other reimbursement: Collateral charges, incidental damages, and
other charges and fees (defined) (§ 42-179(d)). Costs and attorney
fees (§ 42-180).
Other remedies: There is no limit on other consumer remedies
(§ 42-179(i)). Violation is unfair trade practice (§ 42-184).
Informal dispute resolution: For remedies under this section a
consumer must first use an informal dispute settlement procedure
certified by the attorney general, if the manufacturer has established
such a procedure (§ 42-179(j)); otherwise, state arbitration
is available (§ 42-181).
Resale of lemon: Full disclosure required; title stamped with
‘‘Manufacturer Buyback’’; applies to vehicles returned in other
states as well (§ 42-179(g)).