Marcus De Guzman / Brent Co | August 04, 2014 12:41
Lemon Law to take effect on August 7, 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been tasked to formulate the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the recently passed Philippine Lemon Law.
"With the approval of the Lemon Law, the DTI is now tasked to formulate the necessary IRR within the 90-day period from the effectivity of the act through a Technical Working Group composed of representatives from government and private sectors," DTI said in a statement.
In retrospect, Republic Act No. 10642: An Act Strengthening Consumer Protection in the Purchase of Brand New Motor Vehicles, is meant to safeguard consumers from an event that their brand new or recently bought automobile does not meet the standards set by car manufacturers.
With this, Republic Act No. 10642 gives the DTI jurisdiction in an event that conflict arise between the car owners and the manufacturers, distributor or authorized retailer of the defective vehicle.
The law covers defects that occurred within one year from delivery of the automobile to the owner, or up to 20,000 kilometers, whichever comes up first.
If the defects are not fixed after four attempts, the owner of the defective vehicle is entitled to get a new car or a refund from the dealership.
The law does not cover unauthorized modifications done by the owner that results in voiding of the car’s warranty. Neglect or abuse of the vehicle and damage due to accident are also not covered.