Although the Australian government promised to enact protections for consumers with lemon vehicles, it looks as though lemon justice will be delayed. The Age reports that Victoria’s lawmakers “walked away from a 2006 election promise to introduce ‘lemon laws’ to protect people who buy faulty cars.” Instead, the government plans to fold lemon laws in to federal consumer protections slated for consideration in 2011. That’s little solace to consumers with lemons in their driveways.
Several states around the country have puppy lemon laws, which force dog breeders and sellers to stand behind their furry little “products.” Puppy lemon laws are often used to deter the inhumane practices found in some puppy mills by requiring sellers to pay for veterinary fees or take back puppies that have serious health problems.
A recent opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune takes issue with Illinois’ proposed Chloe’s Bill, named after a dog that was rescued from a puppy mill. The Tribune opines that hobbyists would be affected and that mom-and-pop breeders would be shut down or face undue hardship. In fact, some are calling the bill the “Puppy Mill Promotion Act.” The Trib notes that the state already has laws in place; it’s the enforcement (or lack of funding for enforcement) that is lacking.
Earlier this month, a bill that would expand Oklahoma’s Lemon Law provisions was approved by the state’s House of Representatives. HB 1009, sponsored by Rep. Rex Duncan (R-Sand Springs), would give consumers a voice in whether they received a replacement vehicle or a refund for a lemon. Currently, that decision resides with the dealer. The bill also defines the allowable deduction for mileage, and prohibits the dealer from charging for mileage if the car is replaced. Most importantly, the measure requires auto dealers to label, tag, and register lemon buybacks.
A similar measure was defeated four years ago; hopefully, this one will become law.