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RS51:1941-1948

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
RS51:1941
1941. Definitions

The following definitions apply when used in this Chapter:

Acts 1984, No. 228, 1; Acts 1986, No. 553, 1; Acts 1999, No. 933, 1; Acts 1999, No. 1048, 1, eff. July 9, 1999.

RS51:1942
1942. Manufacturer's duty to repair; nonconformity

If a new motor vehicle does not conform to an applicable express warranty, and the consumer reports the nonconformity to the manufacturer or any of its authorized motor vehicle dealers and makes the motor vehicle available for repair before the expiration of the warranty or during a period of one year following the date of the original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer, whichever is the earlier date, the manufacturer, its agent, or its authorized dealer shall make such repairs as are necessary to conform the vehicle to such warranty, notwithstanding the fact that such repairs are made after the expiration of such terms or such one-year period.

Acts 1984, No. 228, 1.

RS51:1943
1943. Express warranties; time limit to conform

A.

B. The term of an express warranty shall be extended by any period of time during which repair services are not available to the consumer because of war, invasion, strike, fire, flood, or natural disaster.

C. The provisions in Subsection A of this Section shall be suspended for any period of time during which repair services cannot be performed by the manufacturer, its agents, or authorized dealer because of war, invasion, strike, fire, flood, or natural disaster.

Acts 1984, No. 228, 1; Acts 1999, No. 933, 1.

RS51:1944
1944. Motor vehicle replacement or refund

A. If a nonconformity in a motor home has not been repaired within the time periods provided for in R.S. 32:1943(A)(2), or 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 which is not a motor home, 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 ninety or more calendar days during the warranty period, the manufacturer shall:

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.

RS51:1945
1945. Transfer of title; time limitation

At the time of receiving the comparable new motor vehicle or refund under R.S. 51:1944, the consumer, or lessor, where applicable, shall surrender the motor vehicle subject to the nonconformity to the manufacturer together with the certificate of title with all endorsements necessary to transfer title to the manufacturer. The manufacturer shall provide the consumer, or lessor, where applicable, with a comparable new motor vehicle or refund within thirty days after an offer to transfer title in compliance with this Section by the consumer, or lessor, where applicable, or within thirty days after a decision by the informal dispute settlement procedure established by the manufacturer to award a refund or replacement.

Acts 1984, No. 228, 1; Acts 1986, No. 553, 1.

RS51:1945.1
1945.1. Mandatory disclosure of nonconformity to warranty by sellers

A.

B. The failure of a dealer to deliver to the buyer the instrument required by this Section shall constitute a violation of this Chapter and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars for each violation.

Acts 1992, No. 603, 1.

RS51:1946
1946. Other remedies

Nothing in this Chapter shall in any way limit the rights or remedies which are otherwise available to a consumer under any other law.

Acts 1984, No. 228, 1.

RS51:1947
1947. Attorney fees

If the motor vehicle does not conform to applicable express warranties after the consumer has complied with the requirements of this Chapter, the consumer shall be entitled to reasonable attorney fees actually incurred if a judgment is rendered in part or whole in his favor.

Acts 1985, No. 169, 1.

RS51:1948
1948. Manufacturer's duty to provide reimbursement for temporary replacement vehicle; penalties

A. Whenever a motor vehicle which is covered by a manufacturer's express warranty is tendered by a consumer to the dealer from whom it was purchased or exchanged for the repair of any defect, malfunction, or nonconformity to which the warranty is applicable and at least one of the following conditions exists, the manufacturer shall provide directly to the consumer for the duration of the repair period a rental vehicle reimbursement of up to twenty dollars per day:

B. The provisions of this Section regarding a manufacturer's duty shall extend only for the period of the length of the manufacturer's express warranty or for two years, whichever period of time occurs first.

C. For violations of the provisions of Subsection A, the consumer shall be entitled to recover from the manufacturer for damages incurred and reasonable attorney fees actually incurred; however, in no event shall the amount of damages awarded be less than two hundred dollars. The provisions of this Section will become effective as to cars sold after January 1, 1987, and will not be in effect in case of war, work stoppages, and natural disasters beyond the control of the manufacturer that would prevent the timely repair or parts delivery to a dealer.

D. This Section shall not apply to personal watercraft or all-terrain vehicles tendered to a manufacturer for repair.

E. This Section shall not apply to motor homes tendered to a manufacturer for repair.

Acts 1986, No. 1058, 1; Acts 1999, No. 933, 1; Acts 1999, No. 1048, 1, eff. July 9, 1999.