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Episode Eight - Caravanning with Major Failures (ACCC v Jayco)

In this episode, the Joels have a chat about caravans – or, caravans with lots of problems - when they hitch their cars up to the case that is ACCC v Jayco. (Lisk might struggle, Mazda 2’s aren’t great for towing)

In 2017, the ACCC commenced an action against Australian’s caravan manufacturer Jayco Corporation Pty Ltd (Jayco) alleging that they had engaged in unconscionable conduct by obstructing them from obtaining certain remedies under the Australian Consumer Law associated with allegedly defective goods (being the caravans), as well as misleading or deceptive conduct.

The ACCC was ultimately unsuccessful in most of its claims (only succeeding on one instance of alleged misleading or deceptive conduct). Despite this, the case provides a useful insight into how Courts assess whether a person is entitled to remedies under the ACL’s consumer guarantees and what constitutes a ‘major failure’. This is the part this episode explores, following along with two examples of consumers with caravans the Court ultimately determined did suffer from major failures.

This episode only explores the fact finding and evidence presented in associated with certain examples presented by the ACCC in their pursuit of Jayco. The finding of major failures and subsequent discussions do not amount to a finding that Jayco breached the Consumer Guarantees.

This is the eighth episode of Keeping Up with the Consumer Law. Keeping Up with the Consumer Law is financially supported by the Law Foundation of South Australia.

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