A bill allowing consumers to seek either a refund or a replacement for vehicles that are found to be unfixable was approved Friday by the state House of Representatives. House Bill 1426 would provide consumers with options if they purchase a vehicle and find they have an automobile that doesn’t run effectively. The bill would require vehicle manufacturers to either provide a replacement vehicle or a refund if a vehicle is unable to be fixed by either the manufacturer, its agents or authorized dealers.
It is a widespread problem and I think the manufacturers recognize that, said the bill’s author, state Rep. Rex Duncan, R- Sand Springs.
If there have been four unsuccessful attempts to fix the vehicle within a year’s time or the vehicle sits in a maintenance shop for 30 days, Duncan said this law would take effect. The bill would allow consumers to avoid being stuck with a lemon when the vehicle doesn’t operate due to a defect or a condition that substantially impairs the use and value of the vehicle.
The Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group, ranked Oklahoma 42nd in the nation in 2002 in the level of protection the lemon law gives consumers.