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News   October 3, 2012   by Auto Service World

“Lemons” Hit Prime Time Friday

CBC'S Marketplace Investigates Troublesome New Cars

If you end up buying a “lemon,” there’s little you can do about it, say the producers of CBC’s Marketplace. On Friday, in a report sure to be of interest to anyone in the automotive industry, they aim to ask “Why?”

Thousands of Canadians are spinning their wheels dealing with lemon cars which have ongoing issues that just can’t be fixed, they say, and no one is giving them a straight answer.

In the episode, Marketplace investigates lemons in Canada, and reveals how American laws are actually helping car owners on that side of the border.

In Getting Squeezed, they reveal how car owners are given the gears by dealers, carmakers, and government since there is no lemon law to protect them; one expert estimates that up to 1 in 10 cars that roll out of dealership lots are lemons.

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Marketplace co-host Erica Johnson tracks down one Canadian family who says their new car is so dangerous, they’re afraid to drive it. Their dealership and car maker aren’t offering a fix, so they’re stuck. We then head to California, and see how the state lemon law squeezes the car makers, and protects consumers.

Getting Squeezed airs Friday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV; Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET and Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CBC News Network.

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