At the end of June, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed SB 515 into law, thus expanding Lemon Law protections for the state’s citizens. Senator Suzanne Bonamici (D), who sponsored the bill, said, “Twenty-two states have lemon laws that cover consumers for a longer period of time than Oregon. This bill should improve consumer confidence when it comes to making an investment in a new car.”
The new law reduces the “reasonable number of attempts” to repair a defective vehicle from four to three, and no longer requires multiple repair attempts for a life-threatening defect. The law also includes a provision that requires the state’s Department of Transportation to label a vehicle’s title a “Lemon Law Buyback,” when that is the case.
According to Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin, “People don’t have time to be constantly taking their car into the shop for the same problem. If they purchase a car, they do so with the expectation that the vehicle is dependable and safe. They shouldn’t have to jump through hoops if the car turns out to have serious defects.”