Tennessee Lemon Laws

Tennessee lemon laws are dealt with in Tennessee Code, Title 55, Chapter 24 (Motor Vehicle Warranties) Section 55-24-101 et seq.  According to Section 55-24-102, a motor vehicle is defective if it does not conform to all applicable express warranties.  The prescribed time limit for manufacturer repair is within the term of applicable express warranties or the period of one year following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer, whichever comes first.  This time limit is enumerated in Section 55-24-101(7).  According to Section 55-24-103, certain remedies are available to a consumer if the manufacturer fails to conform the motor vehicle to any applicable express warranty after a reasonable number of attempts.  The manufacturer should replace the motor vehicle with a comparable vehicle or accept return and refund full purchase price (cost paid by consumer including all collateral charges, less a reasonable allowance for use).

Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-24-102

If a new motor vehicle does not conform to all applicable express warranties and the consumer reports the nonconformity, defect or condition to the manufacturer, its agent or its authorized dealer during the term of protection, the manufacturer, its agent or its authorized dealer shall correct the nonconformity, defect or condition at no charge to the consumer, notwithstanding the fact that the repairs are made after the expiration of the term. Any corrections or attempted corrections undertaken by an authorized dealer under this section shall be treated as warranty work and billed by the dealer to the manufacturer in the same manner as other work under warranty is billed.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-24-101
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“Term of protection” means the term of applicable express warranties or the period of one (1) year following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer, whichever comes first; or, in the case of a replacement vehicle provided by a manufacturer to a consumer under this chapter, one (1) year from the date of delivery to the consumer of the replacement vehicle.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-24-103

(a) The manufacturer must replace the motor vehicle with a comparable motor vehicle or accept return of the vehicle from the consumer and refund to the consumer the full purchase price if:
(1) The nonconformity, defect or condition substantially impairs the motor vehicle; and
(2) The manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer is unable to conform the motor vehicle to any applicable express warranty after a reasonable number of attempts.
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