Sunday, December 22, 2013
12-23-13 fdl couple-lemon law
A Fond du Lac couple is seeing red, after a jury ruled that a blue car is a suitable replacement for their defective red car under Wisconsin's Lemon Law. Consumer groups and the auto industry were watching the case of David and Mary Porter, to see if a vehicle's color would be an issue under the law that requires automakers to replace new cars sold with manufacturing defects. A Milwaukee County jury deliberated six hours before ruling that the new vehicle's color did not have to be the same as the old. The Porters say they chose their new Ford Escape in 2010 only because of its red exterior and light tan interior. And for the 27-thousand-dollars they paid, the couple said Ford owed it to them to make the replacement the exact same colors. Ford offered a model that was two years newer, but with a blue exterior and charcoal interior -- and a moon roof instead of a roof rack. Ford argued that it met all its conditions for providing a comparable vehicle to replace one that kept having transmission problems. The Porter's attorney, Vince Megna, says he was shocked that a different-colored vehicle was considered comparable. Still, he says he was grateful that the jury gave the issue serious thought.