Strengthening Consumer Safety
September 20, 2017
OTTAWA: On September 19th, Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, took part in debate on Bill S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act.
The proposed legislation includes amendments that would give the minister of transport the power to order companies to issue recall notices and make manufacturers and importers repair recalled vehicles at no cost to consumer.
“Currently, under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, only manufacturers can order vehicles recalled in Canada,” MP Eglinski stated in the House. “Transport Canada does not presently have any authority to recall vehicles. This needs to change. This act would make that happen.”
The bill would also protect dealerships across Canada, small- and medium-sized business dealers who were being stuck with cars that had recalls and could not sell them.
“Dealers in my riding were stuck with vehicles for over two years, waiting for repair parts so that they could put that vehicle back on the lot and sell it. They were paying the interest on those loans . . . [The bill] would make the manufacturer entirely responsible for all costs for recalling or repairing vehicles. It would be a counterbalance to ensure the auto dealers are treated fairly as small business consumers of the manufacturer,” concluded MP Eglinski.
To read the speech and find more information on Bill S-2, visit the House Publications page at: www.ourcommons.ca/en.