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      RS 51:1944     


§1944. Motor vehicle replacement or refund

            A. If after four or more attempts within the express warranty term or during a period of one year following the date of the original delivery to the consumer of a motor vehicle, whichever is the earlier, the nonconformity has not been repaired or if the vehicle is out of service by reason of repair for a cumulative total of forty-five or more calendar days during the warranty period, the manufacturer shall:

            (1) Replace the motor vehicle with a comparable new motor vehicle, or, at its option,

            (2) Accept return of the motor vehicle and refund the full purchase price plus any amounts paid by the consumer at the point of sale, and all collateral costs less a reasonable allowance for use to the consumer, or any holder of a perfected security interest in the motor vehicle, as their interest may appear, if the transaction was a sale.

            B. If the transaction is a lease, the provisions of Paragraph (1) of Subsection (A) of this Section are applicable or the manufacturer may, if the lessor is willing, accept return of the motor vehicle and reimburse the lessee for all reasonable expenditures in connection with the lease, and further satisfy all conditions of the lease in connection with early termination and related charges. The lessee shall be liable for a reasonable allowance for use of the vehicle prior to the return thereof.

            C. A reasonable allowance for use shall be that amount directly attributable to use by the consumer prior to his first notice of nonconformity to the manufacturer, agent, or dealer and during any subsequent period when the vehicle is not out of service by reason of repair.

            D. If a manufacturer has established an informal dispute settlement procedure which substantially complies with the provisions of Title 16, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 703, as from time to time amended, the provisions of Subsections (A), (B) and (C) of this Section concerning refunds or replacement shall not apply to any consumer who has not first resorted to such procedure.

            E. The consumer shall have no more than three years from the date he purchased the motor vehicle or until one year from the end of the warranty period, whichever is longer, in which to file suit against the manufacturer to force compliance with the provisions of this Section.

            Acts 1984, No. 228, §1; Acts 1986, No. 553, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1136, §1; Acts 1999, No. 933, §1; Acts 2021, No. 220, §2.

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