Washington State Lemon Law – Motor Home Lemon Law

CALL

Statewide

Toll-free 1-800-541-8898

Local King County

206-587-4240

Local Spokane County

509-456-3124

WRITE

Lemon Law Administration

Attorney General’s Office

800 Fifth Avenue,

Suite 2000

Seattle, WA 98104

FAX

206-464-6451

E-MAIL

lemon@atg.wa.gov

Washington State Lemon Law – Motor Home Lemon Law

Washington State has Lemon Laws designed to protect consumers that purchase motor homes called the Motor Home Lemon Law.

The Washington State Attorney General’s website has all information you would want to know about the Lemon Law in Washington State. Their site is complete and easy to use. We’ve taken what we believe are the “highlights” of Washington State Lemon Law and compiled them below for your convenience. All the information below was taken from the Washington State Attorney General’s website.

Please note, the information provided is not meant to take the place of an experienced warranty law attorney. For specific warranty law needs, please contact your local bar association for a recommended lawyer near you.

Motor Home Lemon Law

These pages contain information that applies only to motor homes purchased or leased new after June 30, 1998. If your motor home was purchased on or before that date, please refer to Washington State’s General Lemon Law section for cars, trucks and motorcycles for information and the Lemon Law standards that apply to your motor home.

Motor Homes NOT covered are:

  • Portions of a motor home used as dwelling, office, or commercial space. (Only the self-propelled vehicle and chassis portions of a motor home are covered);
  • Vehicles purchased or leased by a business as part of a fleet of 10 or more.

What is a Lemon?

Your motor home may qualify as a “lemon” if it has one or more significant defects that have been subject to a “reasonable number of attempts” to diagnose or repair the problem(s) under the manufacturer’s warranty.

Significant defects are those which are life threatening, create a risk of fire or explosion or which substantially impairs the vehicle’s reliability, resale value or safe use.

Owner abuse or negligence, or any unauthorized modification or alterations made to the car are not covered by Washington State’s Lemon Law.

A “Reasonable number of attempts” definition:

  1. A “serious safety defect*” has been subject to diagnosis or repair one or more times during the period of coverage of the applicable motor home manufacturer’s written warranty, plus a final attempt to repair, and the defect still exists; OR
  2. A “nonconformity*” has been subject to diagnosis or repair three or more times, at least one of the times during the period of the applicable manufacturer’s written warranty, plus a final attempt to repair the vehicle, and the nonconformity still exists; OR
  3. The motor home has been out of service by reason of diagnosis or repair of one or more nonconformities for a cumulative total of 60 calendar days aggregating days out-of-service for all the motor home’s contributing manufacturers, and the motor home’s contributing manufacturers have had at least one opportunity to coordinate and complete inspection and repairs after receiving final repair notices from the consumer.

* “serious safety defect“: a life-threatening malfunction that impairs the driver’s ability to control or operate the vehicle, or creates a risk of fire or explosion.

* “nonconformity“: a defect that “substantially impairs” the use, value or safety of the motor vehicle so as to make the vehicle unreliable, unsafe or diminished in resale value for comparable vehicles.

You Have a “Lemon”? What Should You Do?

Contact the Lemon Law Administration for more information and detailed instructions. Ask for the Lemon Law Motor Home Booklet and theRequest for Arbitration Form. Read through the information listed below about the Arbitration Process.

CALL

Statewide

Toll-free 1-(800) 541-8898

Local King County

(206) 587-4240

Local Spokane County

(509) 456-3124

WRITE

Lemon Law Administration

Attorney General’s Office

800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000

Seattle, WA 98104

FAX

(206) 464-6451

E-MAIL

lemon@atg.wa.gov


The following links provide more information about Washington State’s Lemon Laws. We recommend visiting the Washington State Attorney General’s website for more information, including links to their Lemon Law Fact Sheets and Arbitration Program.

Washington State Lemon Law Links

Washington State General Lemon Law Fact Sheet

Washington State Motor Home Lemon Law

Washington State Lemon Law Statutes

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