Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Changes Ohio Lemon Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has made a change in its new-car "lemon law" in the aftermath of this year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The new two-year state budget makes a revision that cuts automakers some slack if a natural disaster makes it tough for them to get parts to fix a defective vehicle.

In those cases, the law now allows more time for repairs before the car company must pay a refund or permanently replace the vehicle. However, the car's owner must be provided with a loaner vehicle during the extended wait.

According to The Associated Press, an official in the Ohio Attorney General's Office says the change was requested by a consortium of automakers still struggling with parts delays four months after the Japanese quake and resulting tsunami.

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