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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Congress Passes Lemon Law on 2nd Reading

The House of Representatives had passed the Lemon Law on 2nd Reading before going on summer break. This bill seeking to provide buyers of new vehicles better protection against factory and other defects was passed on 3rd and final reading. at least once. H.B. 4008 or the Anti-Lemon Law is a consolidation of several legislative proposals covers all brand new vehicles including heavy equipment. The Lemon Law rights period covers the first 12 months after the date of the original delivery of the brand new car to the consumer. The period gives the consumer time to report any non-conformity which is defined as the condition that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of brand new motor vehicle. However the bill provides that the vehicle may only be returned when the buyer remained dissatisfied with the vehicle after the manufacturer or dealer subjects the vehicle to repair for maximum of 4 times. The Anti-Lemon Law also makes it mandatory for the buyer or manufacturer to provide the complaining buyer a service vehicle or reasonable. Returned vehicles that will be sold binds the dealer or manufacturer to disclose in writing the vehicles history and other information, the reason why it was returned and the nature of the non-conformity by the first owner. Under the bill the Dept. of Trade and Industry shall be tasked to handle complaints from consumers and will conduct mediation and arbitration proceedings to resolve the controversy.  
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