Who Is Covered Under The Arkansas Lemon Law?
Any consumer who buys or leases, and registers a new motor vehicle in the State of Arkansas is covered by the Lemon Law.
The consumer is protected during the term of the manufacturer's warranty for up to two (2) years after the original delivery date of the vehicle OR for the first 24,000 miles, whichever occurs last. If the vehicle is transferred to someone else during this period, that owner or person leasing the vehicle is also covered under the Arkansas Lemon Law.
IMPORTANT: The Arkansas Lemon Law does NOT cover the living quarters of mobile homes. The Lemon Law does NOT cover vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating. However, motor homes over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating are covered.
Is Your Vehicle A Lemon?
The lemon law creates what is known in legal terminology as a presumption; the Arkansas Lemon Law presumes that you are entitled to a refund or replacement if the manufacturer or its dealer has made a certain number of unsuccessful attempts to repair nonconformities that substantially impair the use, value or safety of your vehicle (four or more repair attempts, or more than 30 days out of service).
However, there is an exception (or in legal terminology, the presumption is rebuttable). If the manufacturer can prove that it has not had a reasonable opportunity to repair your car, you may not be entitled to a refund or replacement vehicle. For example, if the manufacturer can prove that the number of repair attempts was not unreasonable because you did not follow the terms of the warranty, or some event (such as a labor strike) prevented timely repairs, the Lemon Law might not help you. In addition, if you abused the car or damaged it in an accident, the Arkansas Lemon Law might nor apply.
Dangerously defective vehicles may be returned in an even shorter period of time. If the problem involves a defect that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury (such as brake failure or a steering wheel that locks) the Lemon Law may apply if the problem is not promptly corrected after the second attempt.