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What is a Lemon Under Minnesota Lemon Law?

Minnesota Lemon Law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks that are purchased or leased in Minnesota. It also covers the chassis of new RVs. In order to be considered a "lemon," the vehicle must meet the following requirements:

  • Does not conform to the manufacturer's express warranty
  • Has substantial defects affecting the use, safety or value of the vehicle
  • Has manufacturer's defects that occurred during the two years from the delivery date or before the expiration of the manufacturer's warranty (whichever period ends first)
  • Has been taken in four times for the same problem (with the first repair attempt occurring within two years of the delivery date or before the expiration of the manufacturer's warranty, whichever comes first), has been taken in once for a steering or braking defect that is likely to cause death or serious injury, or if it has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 business days for a variety of defects
  • The manufacturer or dealer has been notified in writing of the defect and been given a final opportunity to repair the vehicle
  • Is driven at least 40 percent of the time for personal, family, or household use

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