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McGeorge Law Review

Abstract

In recent years legislatures and courts throughout the country have manifested a growing concern for protection of consumer interests. California has been in the forefront of this growing concern. Until 1971 California consumers found protection in the warranty provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code and in the expanding doctrine of strict liability in tort for defective products. In 1970 the California Legislature passed the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act which became effective in March of 1971. In 1971 the Legislature enacted amendments to this act which became effective in March 1972. This comment summarizes the nature and scope of the remedies available to California consumers under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, and compares the Act with the warranty provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code and the doctrine of strict liability in tort. The author concludes that, although there is much remaining to be accomplished in the area of consumer warranty protection, the Song-Beverly Act as amended in 1972 is a significant step forward in providing adequate protection to California consumers.

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