Even House members highly praised Angie Gallant anBroken Arrow woman for her hard efforts to promote legislation to improve Oklahoma’s lemon law.
The Oklahoma House has given final passage to legislation that strengthens consumer protections for Oklahomans who buy defective cars and trucks.
The bill is the result of a five-year campaign by Angie Gallant of Broken Arrow. Her family bought a new Chevrolet Malibu in 2004 that started having problems just three weeks later.
GM eventually provided another car but charged a $1,530 usage fee for miles driven on the defective one, which Gallant finally accepted.
The new bill SB 812 would apply to new vehicles with less than 15,000 miles during the first year of ownership. The legislation includes a formula for determining with a lower price for vehicles that have more than 15,000 miles.
The vehicle would qualify as a “lemon” if the vehicle is in a shop for 30 business days for the same problem or if it’s in the shop four times for the same problem during the first year of ownership.
Gallant was in the House gallery when the bill received final passage. It the process is too long but she is happy enough as the legislation is very close to become a law, just waiting for the governor’s approval.
According to Rep. Rex Duncan this is the greatest civics lesson he ever observed, a determined effort of a single person can make the difference.