‘Lemon laws’ for cars a step closer

AUSTRALIA is a step closer to developing “lemon laws” for cars.The top consumer watchdog has recommended sweeping changes that will give motorists better protection under new-car warranties — and provide local mechanics and independent workshops better access to technical data for modern vehicles.Releasing the 162-page draft report into the New Car Retailing Industry, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it is “deeply concerned about the level of non-compliance with the Australian Consumer Law in the new car industry”.The report follows recent court action against Ford, Volkswagen and Audi for alleged breaches of Australian consumer law, ranging from failing to properly repair vehicles to misleading buyers about fuel consumption and emissions.Holden last week made a court enforceable undertaking to comply with consumer guarantee obligations under Australian Consumer Law, after the car maker “misrepresented to some consumers that it had the discretion to decide whether the vehicle …
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