HB 139

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Assistive devices for mobility and hearing sight impaired, warranties, New Assistive Devices Warranty Act, definitions, remedies
Description

To establish the New Assistive Devices Warranty Act; to provide for definitions; to provide for assistive device replacement or refund; and to provide for remedies.

Subjects
Warranties
View Original PDF: HB 139 - Engrossed - PDF

To establish the New Assistive Devices Warranty Act; to provide for definitions; to provide for assistive device replacement or refund; and to provide for remedies.

Section 1

This act shall be known and may be cited as the New Assistive Devices Warranty Act.

Section 2

For purposes of this act, the following terms shall have the following meanings: (1) ASSISTIVE DEVICE. Any device, costing five hundred dollars ($500) or more, including a demonstrator, that a consumer purchases or accepts transfer of in this state which is used for a major life activity. The term includes, but is not limited to, all of the following: a. Manual wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs, motorized scooters, and other aids that enhance the mobility of an individual. b. Hearing aids, telephone communication devices for the deaf, assistive listening devices, and other aids that enhance the ability to hear of an individual. c. Voice synthesized computer modules, optical scanners, talking software, Braille printers, and other devices that enhance the ability of a sight impaired individual to communicate. (2) ASSISTIVE DEVICE DEALER. A person who is in the business of selling assistive devices. (3) ASSISTIVE DEVICE LESSOR. A person who leases assistive devices to consumers, or who holds the rights of a lessor, under a written lease. Any assistive device lessor who is also an assistive device dealer shall fulfill all obligations owed to the consumer pursuant to this act as both an assistive device dealer and lessor. (4) COLLATERAL COSTS. Expenses incurred by a consumer in connection with the repair of a nonconformity, including the cost of sales tax and of obtaining an alternative assistive device. (5) CONSUMER or THE AGENCY. Any of the following: a. The purchaser of an assistive device, including government entities purchasing a device for the benefit of an individual and the individual for whose benefit the device is purchased, if the assistive device was purchased from an assistive device dealer or manufacturer for purposes other than resale. b. A person to whom the assistive device is transferred for purposes other than resale, if the transfer occurs before the expiration of an express warranty applicable to the assistive device. c. A person who may enforce the warranty. d. A person who leases an assistive device from an assistive device lessor under a written lease. e. Any person, with authority, acting on behalf of the consumer or the agency. (6) DEMONSTRATOR. An assistive device used primarily for the purpose of demonstration to the public.

Section 3

(a) If an assistive device covered by an applicable express warranty exhibits a nonconformity, the consumer or the agency shall do both of the following: (1) Report the nonconformity to the manufacturer, the assistive device lessor, or any of the authorized assistive device dealers of the manufacturer. (2) Make the assistive device available for repair within an applicable express warranty period. (b) Once a nonconformity is reported and the assistive device is made available for repair, the manufacturer, the assistive device lessor, or any of the authorized assistive device dealers of the manufacturer shall make an attempt to repair the nonconformity.

Section 4

(a) If the manufacturer, dealer, or lessor either refuses to accept a device which a consumer makes available for repairs or makes a reasonable attempt to repair, but the nonconformity is not actually repaired, the manufacturer shall be required to provide a refund or replacement of the device, whichever is requested by the consumer or the agency, as follows: (1) If the consumer or the agency requests a refund for a device which was purchased, the manufacturer shall refund to the consumer and to any holder of a perfected security interest in the assistive device of the consumer, as their interest may appear, the full purchase price plus any finance charge or sales tax paid by the consumer at the point of sale and any collateral costs incurred by the consumer, less a reasonable allowance for use. When the manufacturer provides the refund, the consumer or the agency shall return the assistive device having the nonconformity to the manufacturer, along with any endorsements necessary to transfer legal possession to the manufacturer. (2) If the consumer or the agency requests a refund for a device which was leased, the manufacturer shall refund to the assistive device lessor and to any holder of a perfected security interest in the assistive device, as their interest may appear, the current value of the written lease and refund to the consumer the amount that the consumer paid under the written lease plus any collateral costs, less a reasonable allowance for use. The manufacturer shall have a cause of action against the dealer or lessor for reimbursement of any amount that it pays to a consumer which exceeds the net price received by the manufacturer for the assistive device. When the manufacturer provides the refund, the assistive device lessor shall provide to the manufacturer any endorsements necessary to transfer legal possession to the manufacturer. (3) If the consumer elects to receive a comparable new assistive device, the manufacturer shall provide the consumer or the agency with the comparable new assistive device no later than 30 days after the consumer or lessor offers to transfer possession of the assistive device having the nonconformity to the manufacturer. (b) This section regarding the duty of a manufacturer shall apply for the period of the express warranty of the manufacturer.

Section 5

This act does not apply to either of the following: (1) Disposable assistive devices with a useful life of one year or less. (2) Batteries or nonfunctional accessories.

Section 6

(a) This act shall not limit rights or remedies available to a consumer under any other law. (b) Any waiver of rights by a consumer under this act shall be void. (c) In addition to pursuing any other remedy, a consumer may bring an action to recover any damages caused by a violation of this act within one year of the violation. The court shall award a consumer who prevails in such an action no more than twice the amount of any pecuniary loss, together with costs, disbursements, and reasonable attorney fees, and any equitable relief that the court determines is appropriate.

Section 7

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 22, 2018HDelivered to Governor at 10:17 a.m. on March 22, 2018.
March 22, 2018HAssigned Act No. 2018-448.
March 22, 2018HClerk of the House Certification
March 22, 2018SSignature Requested
March 21, 2018HEnrolled
March 21, 2018HPassed Second House
March 21, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 979
March 21, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 13, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
March 6, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Governmental Affairs
March 1, 2018HEngrossed
March 1, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 554
March 1, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 553
March 1, 2018HJohnson (K) Amendment Offered
March 1, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 552
March 1, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 551
March 1, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 550
March 1, 2018HC&SB 3rd Amendment Offered
March 1, 2018HC&SB 2nd Amendment Offered
March 1, 2018HC&SB 1st Amendment Offered
March 1, 2018HThird Reading Passed
January 25, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar 3 amendments
January 9, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Commerce and Small Business
2018-03-21
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-01
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-01
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-01
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-01
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-01
Chamber: House
Result: Passed