Although it is most known and used for the protection of car buyers, lemon laws also can extend to other products such as computers and televisions. Lemon law is an area of consumer-protection law that enables an automotive customer to return a defective new car to the manufacturer. If the manufacturer refuses to accept the returned car, the customer can resolve the issue by filing a lawsuit.

Every state, along with the District of Columbia, has a lemon law. Lemon laws establish a standard for when vehicles should be repurchased or replaced by the manufacturer. Lemon laws contain eligibility and notice requirements and set out specific remedies that a consumer may recover in a legal action against the manufacturer if a vehicle cannot be fixed to conform to the warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts.