House OKs bill vs defective brand new cars (Lemon Law)

The House of Representatives has approved a measure giving consumers the right to demand the replacement of brand new vehicles found to have factory defects.

The lower chamber unanimously passed on third and final reading last week House Bill 4841 or the Philippine “Lemon Law of 2011.”

The bill gives consumers a year to report and demand repairs on defective brand new vehicles, colloquially termed as “lemons.” Brand new vehicles that have covered 20,000 kilometers or less are also covered by the measure.

HB 4841 gives manufacturers or distributors four separate attempts to repair the defective vehicle.

If the vehicles’ makers fail to address the defects, the buyer may already file a complaint before the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), provided that he or she has formally informed the manufacturers of availing the rights stated in the bill before demanding any repair.

The consumer may also opt to have the defective vehicle replaced with a similar or comparable model, or to have the money he or she used to buy the vehicle back with corresponding collateral damages.

The measure, however, allows manufacturers to sell the defective vehicle again, provided that there is disclosure about the vehicle’s past defects and current condition.

Manufacturers, dealers and distributors caught violating the bill’s provision on disclosure are required to pay a minimum of P100,000 in damages to the aggrieved buyer.

Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, one of the authors of the measure, lauded the passage of HB 4841, which she said will ensure the safety of motor vehicle users.

“Passage of an anti-lemon law is long overdue… Riding in a vehicle with factory defects jeopardizes the lives of both the driver and passengers,” she said in a statement Tuesday.

A similar measure, Senate Bill 1310 authored by Senator Manuel Villar Jr., is still undergoing committee deliberations at the higher chamber.

The Senate will have to approve its own version of the bill or adopt the House version of the measure. Both chambers will then ratify the measure, after which it will be submitted to the President for signing into law.



Some More 2012 Kia Rio

We can’t seem to get enough of this car. Usually subcompact sedans look frumpy but this is not the case for the Rio. Both the sedan and hatch look great. Lets hope Kia brings in both variants here.

7 year warranty? Wow, I bet that wont happen here in PHL…same with most of the other bells and whistles EU and US will get…lucky bastards.

For more info on the new Rio click here

Kia Rio5 Introduction

The Kia Rio British Challenge

Kia Rio Sedan

2012 Kia Rio5

First pics of the US-spec 2012 Kia Rio5. Arguably the best looking subcompact hatch right now. When will we get ours??

2012 Honda Civic for SEA Market

Although pictures of the new Honda Civic have been out for some time now, these are mostly from the US or Europe. With the first release of studio photos of the new sedan that will be introduced in Malaysia, we now have an idea what the next gen Civic will look like in our domestic market.

Its main differences with the USDM Civic are:
1. Taillight extensions onto the bootlid (like Accord)
2. Clear turn signals
3. Front grill and bumper design

The 2012 Civic will have a shorter wheelbase compared with the current. Its now 30mm down to 2,670mm. Hopefully this doesnt affect interior space that much.

Mazda CX-5 Revealed

The CX-5 is Mazda’s first production model to adopt the new “KODO – Soul of Motion” design theme that we saw in the Minagi and Shinari concept cars. The highlights of this new theme are a prominent front fascia and a more dynamic styling which the company says conveys “a strong sense of vitality and agility”.

It is also the first Mazda model to adopt the full range of the firm’s SKYACTIV technologies. Depending on the market, the CX-5 will be available with gasoline and diesel engines hooked up to manual and automatic transmissions. The European version will be offered with the SKYACTIV-G gasoline 2.0-liter engine and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel in two configurations, Standard and High Power, which emit less than 120 g of CO2 per km.

Can’t wait to see the CX-5 battle it out with the Mitsubishi ASX and the Kia Soul.