APRIL 12, 2013

NR # 3071B

Solon urges passage of proposed Lemon law
A lawmaker is still optimistic that the Senate will still approve the proposed measure providing consumers with relief upon purchase of defective brand new vehicle. House Bill 4841 otherwise known as the “Lemon Law of 2011” was passed by the House of Representatives on August 15, 2011 and transmitted to the Senate on August 18. Authored principally by Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora (1st District, Compostela Valley), the proposed lemon law will define the parameters in handling consumer complaints involving brand new vehicles. “If approved by the Senate, the measure will strengthen consumer protection in the purchase of brand new motor vehicles,” Zamora said. Under the bill, if the manufacturers or distributor is not able to correct the defects of the vehicle after four separate repair attempts, the buyer may invoke his right to have the whole amount he paid for the car refunded. The proposed lemon law will cover a 12-month period or the first 20,000 kilometers mileage, whichever comes first. “During this Lemon Law rights period, the consumer can report any nonconformity with the standards and specifications of the manufacturer, distributor, authorized dealer, or retailer, and pursue any right provided for under this Act,” Zamora said. In the Senate, Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Manuel Villar and Estrada have filed similar measures, Senate Bills 1734, 1310 and 769, respectively, (30) lvc

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