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FTC Strengthens Prohibitions Against Unfair Warranty Denials

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reviewed its rules, guides and interpretations under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act—the law governing warranties issued for consumer products, including automobiles and auto parts.

U.S. Congress Introduces Bill to Allow Limited Production of Turn-Key Replica Cars

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low-volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide. Replica vehicles resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago.

Nebraska Bill to Provide Single License Plate Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to provide for the issuance (for a $100 fee) of a single license plate for passenger cars that were not originally equipped with a front-plate bracket died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Texas Bill to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to impose a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on motor vehicles that travel 5,000 or more miles per year died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Texas Bill to Eliminate Ethanol in Gasoline Also Dies

Legislation to prohibit the sale of motor fuel with an ethanol mixture died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Connecticut Bill to Require Warranty Disclosure Goes to Governor

Legislation to require new-car dealers to provide purchasers a written statement declaring it is illegal for manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed or because someone other than the dealer performed service was approved by the legislature.

Vermont Bill to Penalize Some Aftermarket Exhaust Systems Dies

A bill to ban motor-vehicle exhaust systems that increase the noise level died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Minnesota Bills to Increase Fees for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles/Tax Cars for Miles Traveled Die

Legislation to mandate payment of a “recoupment” surcharge of up to $95 died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Feds to Regulate Novelty Motorcycle Helmets

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposed rule to define “motorcycle helmets” and thereby regulate novelty helmets (commonly referred to as “skullcaps” and “beanies”) that are sold and worn for highway use.

U.S. Senate Committee Passes Bill to Study Regulation of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

SEMA-supported legislation directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study on requirements for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was passed by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and awaits a vote before the full Senate.
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