MARYLAND Lemon Law:
Md. Code Ann., Com. Law §§ 14-1501 to 14-1504 (West)
Vehicles covered: Vehicles registered as passenger vehicles, trucks
that are 3/4 ton or less, and multipurpose vehicles; motorcycles are
explicitly covered; excludes motor homes (§ 14-1501(c)). No
reference to leased vehicles.
Persons covered: Purchasers, transferees during express warranty
period, or any person entitled to enforce the warranty (§ 14-
Period covered: Whichever comes first: 15,000 miles or fifteen
months from date of delivery (§ 14-501(g)(1)).
Disclosure requirements: Notice of procedure for reporting defect
must be conspicuously disclosed to consumer in writing at time of
sale or delivery of vehicle (§ 14-1502(b)). Dealer must notify the
manufacturer of the existence of a nonconformity, defect, or
condition within seven days after the fourth attempt at the same
repair, or when the vehicle is out of service for one or more
nonconformities for a cumulative total of twenty days (§ 14-
Required consumer notice: Written notice by certified mail, return
receipt requested, to the manufacturer or factory branch (§ 14-
1502(b)(1)). Note also the dealer’s obligation to report nonconformities
to the manufacturer under § 14-1502(f)(1).
Repair requirements: It is presumed that a reasonable number of
attempts have been made if the same nonconformity is subjected to
four or more repairs, or the vehicle is out of service for a cumulative
total of thirty or more calendar days, or a braking or steering
system failure is subjected to at least one repair attempt which is
not successful (§ 14-1502(d)). Opportunity to cure after required
notice from consumer (§ 14-1502(b)).
Affırmative defenses: The nonconformity does not substantially
impair the use and market value of the vehicle, or is the result of
the consumer’s abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications or
alterations (§ 14-1502(c)(3)); statute of limitations (§ 14-1502(k)).
Replace/refund: At the consumer’s option, the manufacturer shall
replace with a comparable vehicle acceptable to the consumer, or
refund the full purchase price less a reasonable use allowance
(§ 14-1502(c)(1), (2)).
Other reimbursement: Collateral costs including taxes and fees
(§ 14-1502(c)(1)(ii)). Attorney fees (§ 14-1502(k)).
Other remedies: There is no limit on other consumer remedies
(§ 14-1502(h)). A violation is an unfair and deceptive trade
practice (§ 14-1504(a)). Punitive damages up to $10,000 (§ 14-
Informal dispute resolution: For remedies under this section a
consumer may use an informal dispute settlement procedure established
by the manufacturer, provided the procedure complies
with 16 C.F.R. pt. 703 (§ 14-1502(i)).
Resale of lemon: Full disclosure required (§ 14-1502(g)).