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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2022 04:57 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Including Motorcycles in the Automobile Lemon Law
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation that will include motorcycles in the Automobile Lemon Law, providing consumer protections for motorcycle buyers as we do for car buyers.

Protections are not offered to those who purchase new motorcycles, leaving the owner to either pay out of pocket to repair potentially dangerous manufacturing defects or fix the problem themselves. Thanks to the combined efforts of ABATE, motorcycle manufacturers and dealers, and other important stakeholders, this legislation has been revised and strengthened over the last few years.

Currently, the Automobile Lemon Law protects those who purchase new vehicles by requiring manufacturers to repair any defect that significantly affects the use, value, or safety of the vehicle, as long as the defect occurs within the first 12,000 miles, within the first year of ownership or during the term of warranty, whichever may occur first.  ​Protections for motorcycles under this legislation would apply to defects that occur within a year following the actual delivery of the motorcycle to the purchaser, or during the term of the warranty, whichever may occur first.

The language of this legislation mirrors that of Senate Bill 82 of last session, which unanimously passed the Senate, but did not receive consideration by the full House before the close of session.  Previous cosponsors included Senators Martin, Collett, Street, Scavello, Stefano, J. Ward, Cappelletti, Gordner, Pittman, Regan, K. Ward, Kane and Mensch.     

I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions, and thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as SB155