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      RS 51:2762     


§2762.  Definitions

For purposes of this Chapter, the following terms shall have the following definitions:

(1)  "Assistive device" means any device, including a demonstrator, that a consumer purchases or accepts transfer of in this state which is used for a major life activity which includes but is not limited to:

(a)  Manual wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs, motorized scooters, and other aids that enhance the mobility of an individual.

(b)  Hearing aids, telephone communication devices for the deaf (TDD), assistive listening devices, and other aids that enhance an individual's ability to hear.

(c)  Voice synthesized computer modules, optical scanners, talking software, braille printers, and other devices that enhance a sight impaired individual's ability to communicate.

(d)  Any other assistive device that enables a person with a disability to communicate, see, hear, or maneuver, but does not include batteries or nonfunctional accessories.

(2)  "Assistive device dealer" means a person who is in the business of selling assistive devices.

(3)  "Assistive device lessor" means a person who leases assistive devices to consumers, or who holds the lessor's rights, under a written lease.  Any assistive device lessor who is also an assistive device dealer shall fulfill all obligations owed to the consumer under this Chapter as both an assistive device dealer and lessor.

(4)  "Collateral costs" means expenses incurred by a consumer in connection with the repair of a nonconformity, including the cost of sales tax and of obtaining an alternative assistive device.

(5)  "Consumer/agency" means any of the following:

(a)  The purchaser of an assistive device, including government entities purchasing the device for the benefit of an individual and the individual for whose benefit the device is purchased, if the assistive device was purchased from an assistive device dealer or manufacturer for purposes other than resale.

(b)  A person to whom the assistive device is transferred for purposes other than resale, if the transfer occurs before the expiration of an express warranty applicable to the assistive device.

(c)  A person who may enforce the warranty.

(d)  A person who leases an assistive device from an assistive device lessor under a written lease.

(e)  Any person, with authority, acting on behalf of the consumer/agency.

(6)  "Demonstrator" means an assistive device used primarily for the purpose of demonstration to the public.

(7)  "Early termination cost" means any expense or obligation that an assistive device lessor incurs as a result of both the termination of a written lease before the termination date set forth in that lease and the return of an assistive device to the manufacturer.  Early termination cost includes a penalty for prepayment under a finance arrangement.

(8)  "Early termination savings" means any expense or obligation that an assistive device lessor avoids as a result of both the termination of a written lease before the termination date set forth in that lease and the return of an assistive device to a manufacturer which shall include an interest charge that the assistive device lessor would have paid to finance the assistive device or, if the assistive device lessor does not finance the assistive device, the difference between the total period of the lease term remaining after the early termination and the present value of that amount at the date of the early termination.

(9)  "Manufacturer" means a person or entity who manufactures or assembles assistive devices and agents of that person or entity, including an importer, distributor, factory branch, distributor branch, and any warrantors of the manufacturer's assistive device.  "Manufacturer" does not include an assistive device dealer or assistive device lessor unless the assistive device dealer or the lessor has manufactured, customized, or assembled the assistive device.

(10)  "Nonconformity" means any specific condition or generic defect or malfunction, or any defect or condition of any part, whether it be component or integrated, which substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of an assistive device, but does not include a condition or defect that is the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modification or alteration of the assistive device by the consumer.

(11)  "Reasonable attempt to repair" means that within the term of an express warranty applicable to an assistive device or within one year after first delivery of the assistive device to a consumer, whichever is later, the manufacturer, assistive device lessor, or any of the manufacturer's authorized assistive device dealers shall have accepted return of an assistive device for repair at least two times, whether the repairs are for the same or different warranty nonconformities; or an assistive device shall have been out of service for an aggregate of at least thirty cumulative days because of warranty nonconformities.

Acts 1993, No. 907, §1, eff. June 23, 1993; Acts 1999, No. 1048, §1, eff. July 9, 1999.

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