On March 1 Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette signed into law Bill S-2, commonly referred to as “Vehicle Recall Legislation” following a year-and-a-half of debate.

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada noted in its “Express” newsletter that the organization supports the legislation as it grants the power to order direct vehicle recalls to the federal Minister of Transport, aligning Canadian law with what has long been on the books in the United States.

Bill S-2 was introduced in the Senate by Peter Harder, leader of the government in the Senate, and read for the first time on May 11, 2016. The bill was referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications on Oct. 25, 2016. The bill passed third reading in the Senate, as amended, on Feb. 2, 2017.

RVDA supports the amendments to this bill made in the Senate which include:  

  • It ensures no new responsibilities or liabilities for dealers in the recall process.
  • It ensures that manufacturers remained fully responsible for recalls.
  • It contains a buyback provision – at dealer cost – when there is no fix under a recall situation.