RHODE ISLAND Lemon Law:
R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 31-5.2-1 to 31-5.2-12
Vehicles covered: Automobiles, motorcycles, vans or trucks, under
10,000 lbs., sold, leased or replaced; excludes motorized campers
Persons covered: Purchasers, transferees during express warranty
period, or any person entitled to enforce the warranty (§ 31-5.2-
Period covered: Whichever comes first: one year from date of
delivery or 15,000 miles (§ 31-5.2-1(10)).
Disclosure requirements: For arbitration procedure to be applicable,
manufacturer must provide notice of arbitration proceeding
to the buyer at the time of delivery (§ 31-5.2-7).
Required consumer notice: Report the nonconformity to the manufacturer,
its agent or dealer (§ 31-5.2-2).
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 plus one additional
attempt to cure within seven days of manufacturer’s learning of
failed repair efforts (§ 31-5.2-5).
Affırmative defenses: The nonconformity does not substantially
impair the use, market value or safety of the vehicle, or is the result
of the consumer’s abuse, neglect, or substantial unauthorized
modifications or alterations (§ 31-5.2-4); statute of limitations
Replace/refund: At the consumer’s option, the manufacturer shall
replace with a new comparable vehicle or refund the full purchase
price less a reasonable use allowance (defined) (§ 31-5.2-3).
Other reimbursement: Incidental costs, including sales tax, registration
fees, finance charges, and towing and rental costs (§ 31-
5.2-3). If informal dispute resolution award for consumer is upheld
on appeal, $25 for each day the vehicle was out of use due to a
nonconformity after vehicle was returned to manufacturer, unless
manufacturer provided a loaner vehicle. Attorney fees (§ 31-5.2-
Other remedies: There is no limit on other consumer remedies
(§ 31-5.2-6). Right to bring civil action (§ 31-5.2-10). Manufacturer’s
failure to comply with the statute is a deceptive trade
practice (§ 31-5.2-13).
Informal dispute resolution: For remedies under this section a
consumer must first use an informal dispute settlement procedure
established by the manufacturer, provided the procedure complies
with 16 C.F.R. pt. 703 or is approved by the FTC or by the state
(§ 31-5.2-7), or the state’s motor vehicle arbitration board (§ 31-
Resale of lemon: Full disclosure required (§ 31-5.2-9).