the American way
Most US states define a lemon as a vehicle with a significant fault that can’t be fixed in three or four attempts, or is out of service for 30 days, in the first 12-24 months.
Some states allow only one attempt to fix a safety related fault, on the basis that a consumer should not have to risk his or her life several times for a safety defect.
California passed the first lemon law in the US in 1970 after a Ford lobbyist, who was asked how many times was reasonable to repair a vehicle under warranty, answered that sometimes even 40 was not enough for an elusive electrical problem.
Before the lemon laws, American consumers obtained only 500 refunds from manufacturers annually. Today there are more than 100,000 ‘‘buybacks’’ each year.