November 4, 2002

Lemon-Aid author backs Ontario’s proposed Lemon Law

Toronto, Ontario – “Governments have to take the “gotcha!” out of new car buying and Ontario’s proposed Motor Vehicle Manufacturer’s Act, 2002 does just that” says, Lemon-Aid author and consumer advocate, Phil Edmonston.

The Bill presented on October 22, by Mississauga Tory MPP Rob Sampson allows buyers to take back a vehicle that hasn’t been successfully repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty after three attempts to correct the same problem or would cost more than $1,000 to repair. This Bill, if approved by the Legislature, would be Canada’s first so called ‘Lemon Law’. It would provide remedies to a consumer who enters into an agreement to purchase a new motor vehicle if a substantial deficiency arises in the motor vehicle that is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty and the manufacturer has been unable to remedy the deficiency.

“Unlike many other jurisdictions, Canada has no ‘Lemon Law’,” said Rob Sampson, MPP. “We need laws in this province that can offer recourse to consumers who buy new vehicles that have defects that can’t be fixed,” continued Sampson.

Under Sampson’s Bill, the consumer has the option to require the manufacturer to repurchase the motor vehicle or, at no cost to the consumer, to provide the consumer with a replacement for the motor vehicle and to transfer to the consumer class title to the replacement.

“Sampson’s Bill is a common-sense and efficient means for Ontario consumers to get their money back or another vehicle when faced with an unsafe, or unreliable car or truck-a problem that cuts across political party lines,” says Edmonston, a former NDP Quebec Member of Parliament and Consumer Protection Critic.

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