So What is a "Lemon Law"?
Many people have heard the term “lemon laws,” but most people do not realize exactly when these laws may apply, or how they might protect the average consumer in the State of Utah. Utah’s “lemon law” can be found in Utah Annotated Code, Section 13-20-1. This state law kicks in to protect consumers who have purchased an unfit vehicle.
Essentially, what the law dictates is that there are certain circumstances under which the state will force a car dealer to either replace the car with another or as an alternative, offer a cash refund.
This law lists several elements that must be established in order for a vehicle to qualify as a “lemon” and thereby trigger the statute and force a refund. A car must meet every single one of these criteria in order to legally qualify as a “lemon.” If any one of the elements is not met in a given situation, that car will not be deemed a “lemon” and the law will not protect that consumer.