The Lemon Law – Today in History: June 4

On June 4, 1982, Connecticut made legislative history by pioneering the country’s first Lemon Law. The Lemon Law is actually the nickname for Connecticut General Statute Chapter 743b “Automotive Warranties,” and aids owners of new automobiles that are found to be defective. Connecticut state representative John J. Woodcock III was the advocate for this first statute in the United States. The bill, PA 82-287, was signed into law by Governor William A. O’Neill. In order to be considered a “lemon” in Connecticut, a new motor vehicle that is purchased or leased does not conform to the manufacturer’s express warranty and which, after “a reasonable number of attempts, cannot be repaired.”

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Central Connecticut State University. “Finding Aid to the John J. Woodcock III Lemon Law Records,” 2013. Link.

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