Hybrids Can Be Lemons, Too

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on January 4th, 2009

Although hybrids are technological wonders that just may eventually reduce the stranglehold that foreign oil has on the U.S., it doesn’t mean they’re exempt from defects. The Zonie Report notes that a Tucson, Arizona woman has filed a lemon law case over her 2008 Toyota Prius. Apparently, two months after she bought the car, Julie Chambers’ Prius conked out, and was out of service for 112 days. She’s claiming that the dealer didn’t honor the warranty and didn’t repair the vehicle.

If it’s a “green” lemon, does that make it a lime?

Electric Cars Subject to Lemon Laws

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on December 4th, 2008

Back in July, I posted an entry about a woman in Marrowstone Island, Washington, who had an electric Dynasty IT that seemed like a lemon. According to Seattle’s KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, Frost Freeman has reason to celebrate: a Washington arbitrator in determined that the vehicle was, indeed, a lemon, and ordered the manufacturer to buy back Freeman’s car and compensate her for $20,000 in repairs. The news station quoted Assistant Attorney General Doug Walsh as saying that electric cars aren’t exempt from lemon laws. Chalk another victory up to consumer protection laws!