• (a) A manufacturer shall compensate its franchised motor vehicle dealers for all labor and parts required by the manufacturer to perform recall repairs. Compensation for recall repairs shall be reasonable. If parts or a remedy are not reasonably available to perform a recall service or repair on a used vehicle held for sale by a dealer authorized to sell and service new vehicles of the same line-make within thirty (30) days of the manufacturer issuing the initial notice of recall, and the national highway traffic safety administration (NHTSA) or the manufacturer has issued a stop-sale or do-not-drive order on the vehicle, the manufacturer shall compensate the dealer at a prorated rate of at least one percent (1%) of the value of the vehicle per month beginning on the date that is thirty (30) days after the date on which the stop-sale or do-not-drive order was provided to the dealer until the earlier of either of the following:

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 55-29-104

      • Dealer: means every person engaged in the business of buying, selling or exchanging vehicles of a type required to be registered and who has an established place of business for that purpose in this state. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
      • Highway: means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way when any part thereto is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
      • Manufacturer: means every person engaged in the business of constructing or assembling vehicles of a type required to be registered at an established place of business in this state. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
      • Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Motor vehicle: means every vehicle, including a low speed vehicle or a medium speed vehicle that is self-propelled, excluding electric scooters, electric bicycles as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
      • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Traffic: means pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for purposes of travel. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
      • Vehicle: means every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. See Tennessee Code 55-8-101
      • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

      (1) The date the recall or remedy parts are made available; or

    • (2) The date the dealer sells, trades, or otherwise disposes of the affected used motor vehicle.

  • (b) The value of a used vehicle shall be the average trade-in value for used vehicles as indicated in an independent third-party guide for the year, make, and model of the recalled vehicle.

  • (c) This section shall apply only to used vehicles subject to safety or emissions recalls pursuant to and recalled in accordance with federal law and regulations adopted thereunder and where a stop-sale or do-not-drive order has been issued and repair parts or remedy remain unavailable for thirty (30) days or longer. This section further shall apply to franchised motor vehicle dealers holding an affected used vehicle for sale that is a line-make that the dealer is franchised to sell or on which the dealer is authorized to perform recall repairs:

    • (1) In inventory at the time the stop-sale or do-not-drive order was issued; or

    • (2) Which was taken in the used vehicle inventory of the dealer as a consumer trade-in incident to the purchase of a new vehicle from the dealer after the stop-sale or do-not-drive order was issued.

  • (d) It shall be a violation of this chapter for a manufacturer to reduce the amount of compensation otherwise owed to an individual franchised motor vehicle dealer whether through a chargeback, removal of the individual dealer from an incentive program, or reduction in amount owed under an incentive program solely because the franchised motor vehicle dealer has submitted a claim for reimbursement under this section. This subsection (d) shall not apply to an action by a manufacturer that is applied uniformly among all dealers of the same line-make in the state.

  • (e) All reimbursement claims made by franchised motor vehicle dealers pursuant to this section for recall remedies or repairs, or for compensation where no part or repair is reasonably available and the vehicle is subject to a stop-sale or do-not-drive order shall be subject to the same limitations and requirements as a warranty and sale incentive reimbursement claim pursuant to the rules of the Tennessee motor vehicle commission. In the alternative, a manufacturer may compensate its franchised dealers under a national recall compensation program; provided, that the compensation under the program is equal to or greater than that provided under subsection (a); or as the manufacturer and dealer may otherwise agree.

  • (f) A manufacturer may direct the manner and method in which a dealer must demonstrate the inventory status of an affected used motor vehicle to determine eligibility under this section; provided, that the manner and method shall not be unduly burdensome and shall not require information that is unduly burdensome to provide.

  • (g) Nothing in this section shall require a manufacturer to provide total compensation to a dealer which would exceed the total average trade-in value of the affected used motor vehicle as originally determined under subsection (b).

  • (h) Any remedy provided to a dealer under this section is exclusive and may not be combined with any other state or federal recall compensation remedy.