Snyder measure would extend Lemon Law protections to motorcycles

HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said she has introduced legislation that would extend the state’s Lemon Law protections to motorcycle buyers.

"Motorcycle purchases involve significant investments by their owners, who often use them as a primary means of transportation," Snyder said. "My House Bill 1098 would extend the buyer protections available on new and leased vehicles registered in Pennsylvania to motorcycles."

Under Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law, manufacturers must replace, repurchase or compensate vehicle owners for defects that substantially impair its use, value or safety at no cost to the purchaser.

The law applies when the new vehicle cannot be repaired by a manufacturer-authorized dealership after three reasonable attempts. The defect also must occur within one year after delivery, 12,000 miles of use, or the term of the manufacturer’s express warranty, whichever comes first.

"The reasonable protections available for vehicle owners should apply to motorcycle owners," Snyder said. "If a new motorcycle is in the repair shop for 30 days during the first year of ownership through no fault of the owner, then the rider deserves a fair shake and a new deal."

H.B. 1098 has been sent to the House Consumer Affairs Committee for consideration. Snyder serves as Democratic secretary on the panel.