Window Warranty Bill Fails
n late July, the Connecticut General
Assembly declined to override Gov.
Dannel Malloy’s veto of legislation
that would have forced window man-
ufacturers to include replacement
and labor costs in product warranties.
The proposal was strongly opposed by
the Window and Door Manufacturers
Association (WDMA), which called it
unprecedented.” The bill is now dead
S.B. 821 would have required win-
dow, rooﬁng and siding manufac-
turers that offer consumer warran-
ties to make a determination on a
claim within 30 days of receiving one.
After that period, the claim would
have been considered automatical-
ly approved, and the manufacturer
would have been required to pay it
within the following 30 days.
In addition, the bill would have Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy vetoed the bill in early July.
required manufacturers to pay any
warranty claim made for materi- wasn’t needed because consumers are all labor costs for product defects is
als and labor and to reimburse the already covered by product warran- unreasonable because products can
full price of the materials and labor ties that protect them from legitimate fail for many reasons, such as improp-
the consumer was charged. The bill defects or failures. In addition, manu- er installation, misuse or modiﬁca-
would have forced manufacturers facturers provide speciﬁc instructions tion after installation, or improper
doing business in Connecticut to cre- for the installation of products, along maintenance.
ate separate warranty procedures that with maintenance and other import-
differ from the rest of the nation. ant documents. The association also
“WDMA commends the General
WDMA had argued that the new law said that making all warranties cover
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