An effort has died in the South Dakota Senate to extend
protections under the state's Lemon Law to many commercial vehicles.
The? Lemon Law in
South Dakota has been in effect since 1993. It applies for one year after a
vehicle purchased for personal use is delivered to a buyer or the first 12,000
miles it's driven. If the vehicle cannot be repaired, the manufacturer must
replace it with a new one or refund the buyer's money.
The Senate Transportation Committee voted 5-1 to kill a bill
- SB120 - that would have expanded the law to include vehicles weighing more
than 10,000 pounds, with the exception of motor homes.
Sponsored by Sen. Frank Kloucek, D-Scotland, the bill would
have added South Dakota to the short list of states that offer the same
protections from for commercial vehicles that are offered to personal vehicles.
Connecticut, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin are the only states that include
large trucks among vehicles protected.