House approves Snyder bill to add motorcycles to state Lemon Law

Measure to protect motorcyclists’ investments heads to state

HARRISBURG, Dec. 12 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the state House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved her measure that would cover motorcycles under Pennsylvania’s Automobile Lemon Law.

“My House Bill 74 would ensure that if you buy or lease a new motorcycle with defects affecting its safety, value or use, then the manufacturer should fix it – the same as with cars and trucks,” Snyder said. “It’s simple but needed – Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law protections should apply to motorcycles.”

Snyder said she’s been fighting for the consumer protection since becoming a state lawmaker, and the House’s 187-4 vote today puts the measure before the state Senate for consideration.

“Motorcyclists deserve this safeguard when serious defects are found,” Snyder said.

H.B. 74 would include motorcycles in the definition of a “new motor vehicle” and require manufacturers to correct any defect that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle and occurs within one year following delivery, within the first 12,000 miles of use or during the term of the warranty, whichever may first occur.

“Motorcycles are major investments, and it’s time to get this done,” said Snyder, noting that the measure has bipartisan support in the General Assembly, including unanimous support in the House Consumer Affairs Committee and widespread backing by motorcycle enthusiasts.