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WASHINGTON'S LEMON LAW UPDATE

At the time of purchase, the new motor vehicle dealer shall provide the consumer with a written statement that explains the consumer's rights under this chapter. The written statement shall be prepared and supplied by the attorney general and shall contain a toll-free number that the consumer can contact for information regarding the procedures and remedies under this chapter. In the event a consumer requests modification of the new motor vehicle in a manner which may partially or completely void the manufacturer's implied or express warranty, and which becomes part of the basis of the bargain of the initial retail sale or lease of the vehicle, a new motor vehicle dealer shall provide a clear and conspicuous written disclosure, independently signed and dated by the consumer, stating "Your requested modification may void all or part of a manufacturer warranty and a resulting defect or condition may not be subject to remedies afforded by the motor vehicle warranties act, chapter 19.118 RCW." A dealer who obtains a signed written disclosure under circumstances where the warranty may be void is not subject to this chapter as a manufacturer to the extent the modification affects the use, value, or safety of a new motor vehicle. Failure to provide the disclosure specified in this subsection does not constitute a violation of chapter 19.86 RCW. RCW 19.118(031)(2) Emphasis added.

NEW JERSEY'S LEMON LAW UPDATE

On January 19, 2010 NJ's Lemon Law was amended once again to include emergency vehicles (attached). This one snuck up on us. The bill was signed into law on Governor Corzine's last day in office.

 

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NEW JERSEY’S NEW LEMON LAW

On October 1, 2009 Governor Jon Corzine signed into law a bill which makes several significant improvements to the New Car Lemon Law! We are excited about the new changes and will be able to assist even more consumers with their vehicle defects.  Please note the new changes listed below:

  1. The Lemon Law’s “Term of Protection” has increased from 18,000 miles to 24,000 miles.

  2. The law now reduces the number of required repair attempts for “serious safety defects” likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if not corrected within a reasonable time.  If the dealer cannot fix the problem after only one repair attempt, then the consumer can notify the manufacturer within the term of protection, by certified mail, for one final repair opportunity.
  3. When purchasing or leasing a new car in New Jersey, the dealer must provide, directly to the consumer, a written disclosure statement that if your vehicle is defective you may be entitled under New Jersey’s Lemon Law to a refund of the purchase or lease price.  That required disclosure statement will now contain more details of what your rights are under the new law.

For more information about the New Jersey Lemon Law, you are encouraged to call and speak with one of our representatives in the Lemon Law Unit at 973-504-6226.  We look forward to assisting you

 

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New Jersey's Lemon Law Bill 
   

GEORGIA’S NEW LEMON LAW

Georgia enacted a new Lemon Law during the 2008 legislative session.  The new law replaces the old law, enacted in 1990, and covers new motor vehicles purchased, leased or registered in Georgia on or after January 1, 2009.  In implementing the new law, the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs promulgated rules, now in effect, regarding manufacturer-reporting obligations, lemon law rights statements and fees, certified mechanisms, state-operated arbitration and reacquired vehicles.   

 

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Georgia's Lemon Law                    Georgia's Regulations

THE RV INITIATIVE: PREAMBLE TO SUGGESTED MOTORHOME-SPECIFIC LEMON LAW

The Recreation Vehicle (RV) Initiative was a project undertaken by members and subscribers of the International Association of Lemon Law Administrators (IALLA) to draft a motorhome-specific "lemon law." The project began in 2007. The Association recognized that existing state lemon laws, primarily enacted to address consumer hardships resulting from nonconforming new motor vehicles, did not effectively address, or address at all, the unique problems associated with nonconforming motorhomes. Specifically, motorhomes have components not common to cars and trucks, and generally are produced as a result of manufacture and assembly by multiple manufacturers, each of which may provide separate consumer warranties.

The two-year process to draft a motorhome-specific lemon law involved a collaboration of lemon law administrators from several states, members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, recreation vehicle manufacturer representatives (motorhome and chassis) and representatives from major recreation vehicle consumer organizations.

In reviewing this effort, certain precepts underlying the drafting of this motorhome-specific lemon law should be remembered:

The first relates to the substance of the draft. It represents a compromise among competing stakeholders. No individual element of this draft should be considered apart from the whole; the motorhome-specific lemon law is designed to work in its entirety. Given a free hand, each project participant likely would have produced a draft far different from the one the group produced collectively. While none of the project’s stakeholders was expected to compromise fundamental principles of vital importance, each participating representative stakeholder found it necessary to accommodate the competing needs of other interests. The final draft reflects the give-and-take of this process and should be viewed as such.

The second is that, among the states with lemon laws that cover motorhomes, several are likely to be satisfied with their existing laws. It is not the intent of the drafters to displace those laws. However, for states that are considering revising their laws to improve existing coverage or to provide coverage where none exists, this draft is provided for consideration.

Dated this 13th day of May, 2009.

 

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Last Updated: May 5 2013
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