'Lemon' cars needs their own laws
Legal groups are calling for Australia to introduce what is known as "lemon laws" to cover faulty products, including new and used cars.
- The law would protect people who bought a car defective beyond repair
- Legal groups say the law would protect unsuspecting consumers
- Motoring groups say there is no evidence lemon laws would work
In submissions to a review of Australian Consumer Law made public this week, groups such as Legal Aid NSW, West Justice, and the Consumer Credit Legal Service all called for the laws.
Countries like the United States and the United Kingdom already have lemon laws which cover the sale of new cars.
They typically set limits to the number of faults a new car can have, the number of unsuccessful attempts to fix a problem, and the number of days a new car can be off the road for repairs.