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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 27, 2012 08:34 AM
From: Representative Ted Harhai
To: All House members
Subject: Cosponsorship: RV Lemon Law
 
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce the “Recreational Vehicle Lemon Law.” This legislation is needed because unfortunately, recreational vehicle (RV) owners have no rights when it comes to the cost of repairs required as a result of manufacturing defects. Since consumers invest such large sums of money in these vehicles, we need to have commonsense measures in place to protect them.

With my legislation, the Attorney General will develop and publish a state-wide required disclosure statement to be posted in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The disclosure statement will outline consumer rights regarding repairs resulting from manufacturer’s defects.

Manufacturers will be required to provide a copy of the Attorney General’s statement as well as information on zone offices that the purchaser may contact regarding remedies provided through this bill at the time of purchase. Manufacturers will be required to repair, at no cost to the purchaser, any defects or conditions that appear within one year or 12, 000 miles of the delivery of the vehicle, or during the term of the warranty. Qualifying defect will be defined as those that substantially impede the purchaser’s ability to use the vehicle.

Each time a vehicle is returned by the purchaser for repair, the dealer or manufacturer must provide an itemized statement of all work performed as well as parts and labor. If, after a reasonable number of attempts, a manufacturer is unable to correct a defect, the manufacturer must provide either a comparable replacement vehicle or a refund, at the option of the purchaser.


My bill also provides for an informal dispute procedure as well as a civil cause of action in those cases where the manufacturer fails to comply with these provisions.

Please join me in working to protect our citizens during these major purchases. Many individuals purchase RVs, planning to spend much of their retirement traveling our great nation. These are extremely expensive and require significant investment from the purchaser. It is unfair that they must then spend thousands of dollars for repairs which are needed to correct defects that occur during the manufacture of these vehicles.

Last session this bill was introduced as House Bill 701 with the following co-sponsors: Brennen, Caltagirone, Carroll, Cohen, D. Costa, J. Evans, Fabrizio, Goodman, Harkins, Hess, Josephs, W. Keller, Kortz, Kotik, Kula, Millard, Mirabito, Murt, Myers, Pashinski, Petrarca, Readshaw, Reichley, Sainato, Scavello, K. Smith, Vulakovich, and Youngblood.

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Introduced as HB166