The Supreme Court in Stockholm dismissed Kia Motor’s petition to appeal against their conviction in December 2012 for breach of competition in the Swedish market on its seven-year new car warranty.
Under the EU Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation 461/2010, manufacturers have a duty to honour the vehicle’s warranty when it is serviced outside of the dealership, and non-OE parts being fitted onto a vehicle is an insufficient reason for the warranty to be declared invalid.
Kia’s terms outline that it is a requirement that any prescribed service is performed by a brand authorised workshop.
The SBF reported the VM to the Swedish Competition Authority who agreed the terms were likely in breach of Block Exemption Regulations.
It later sued the VM in the Swedish Market Court which then convicted Kia Motors for breach of competition.
The IAAF is calling on its members to inform the federation when VMs and their dealers are miscommunicating information to motorists regarding their rights under Block Exemption legislation.
Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “The Swedish verdict is fundamentally important, it’s the first of its kind within the EU, and is a huge victory for the aftermarket.
“The aftermarket has to educate ill-informed motorists about their rights, so it is essential the IAAF is made aware of any block exemption infringements as soon as possible so we can react quickly to resolve them.
“This case is a stark reminder to VMs and dealers to abide by the current legislation.
“Under these rules, everyone has a ‘Right2Choose’ and car owners are no longer obliged to go to their dealer during the vehicles warranty period.”
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