lemon law. 1. A statute designed to protect a consumer who buys a substandard automobile, usu. by requiring the manufacturer or dealer either to replace the vehicle or to refund the full purchase price. • Almost all states have lemon laws in effect. — Also termed lemon protection. [Cases: Consumer Protection 9. C.J.S. Credit Reporting Agencies; Consumer Protection§§ 52–55, 64.] 2. By extension, a statute designed to protect a consumer who buys any product of inferior quality. — Also termed (in sense 2) quality-of-products legislation.
[Blacks Law 8th]