The lawmakers approved a bill that confirms better protection to consumers under the State’s “Lemon Law” for new purchasers.
This bill was sponsored by Senator Barbara Buono, and expected that it will make New Jersey’s Lemon Law one of the strongest in the nation.
The senate bill 454 would expand protection under the law from two years or 18,000 miles to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. The bill would also allow consumers quicker access to Lemon Law protection when a life-threatening defect is discovered.
Some important points of the Buono lemon law expansion bill :
If the newly purchased car is found to be having defects
that would cause serious bodily injury or death, then the consumer would be able to declare the vehicle a lemon if the problem cannot be corrected after a single repair attempt.
The manufacturer would get only one opportunity to cure the life-threatening defect after the vehicle is declared a lemon.
The current law avoids differentiating life-threatening defects, such as problems with the braking system and less serious problems such as the air conditioning.
a new, more detailed consumer notice be provided to all buyers by the manufacturer, rather than allowing this information to be lost in lengthy owners’ manuals.
The manufacturer must provide a more detailed consumer notice on a separate piece of paper, printed in both English and Spanish which include the mileage and time period within which a consumer must report problems.
The bill is now waiting for the signature of the Governor.