Lack of strong lemon laws, product liability statutes and punitive deterrence has boosted the morale of these manufacturers, who have started treating India as a dumping ground. Are Indian customers the son of a lesser god who are being sold a piece of junk even after paying a hefty premium in comparison to the same model sold abroad? In the recent decade, there has been a total breakthrough in the technological advancements of automobiles. Automobiles are now coming with hi-tech features such as self-driving, self-parking and many more. New-generation automobiles are also coming equipped with gasoline-ethanol blend ready engines or hybrid engines. These technologies are quite generous to nature but have a very complex mechanism. Now a question arises that whether we have laws to protect the consumer if they invest in these automobiles and later face problems because of these still nascent technologies? Do we have proper forum or mechanism at our disposal to protect the consumers from getting duped if these cars are unable to adapt in Indian road conditions?
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