Redhibition Law and Legal Definition

Redhibition is a civil law claim against the seller and/or manufacturer of a product in which the buyer demands a full refund or a reduction of the purchase price due to a hidden defect that prevents the product from performing the task for which it was purchased. Under redhibition laws, the consumer must prove that the item failed to operate in the intended manner during normal use and that they have given the seller and manufacturer notice and reasonable repair attempts.

A waiver of warranty may or may not affect a person's right to file an action in redhibition. If a consumer signs a waiver of warranty and think they have a "lemon", legal counsel should be sought. A consumer may also have rights under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.