Federal Lemon Law – Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

Consumer Automobile Warranties

The federal government requires manufacturers and sellers of consumer products, including motor vehicles, to provide consumers with detailed information about warranty coverage. The federal laws governing warranties are known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Click here to learn more about Vehicle Warranties.

Additionally, all states have “lemon laws” that allow consumers who purchase or lease new vehicles to get a placement vehicle or a refund of the vehicle’s purchase price under certain circumstances. Click here for links to State Lemon Laws.

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is the federal law that governs consumer product warranties. Passed by Congress in 1975, the Act requires manufacturers and sellers of consumer products to provide consumers with detailed information about warranty coverage. In addition, it affects both the rights of consumers and the obligations of warrantors under written warranties. To understand the Act, it is useful to be aware of Congress’ intentions in passing it.

First, Congress wanted to ensure that consumers could get complete information about warranty terms and conditions. By providing consumers with a way of learning what warranty coverage is offered on a product before they buy, the Act gives consumers a way to know what to expect if something goes wrong, and thus helps to increase customer satisfaction.

Second, Congress wanted to ensure that consumers could compare warranty coverage before buying. By comparing, consumers can choose a product with the best combination of price, features, and warranty coverage to meet their individual needs.

Third, Congress intended to promote competition on the basis of warranty coverage. By assuring that consumers can get warranty information, the Act encourages sales promotion on the basis of warranty coverage and competition among companies to meet consumer preferences through various levels of warranty coverage.

Finally, Congress wanted to strengthen existing incentives for companies to perform their warranty obligations in a timely and thorough manner and to resolve any disputes with a minimum of delay and expense to consumers. Thus, the Act makes it easier for consumers to pursue a remedy for breach of warranty in the courts, but it also creates a framework for companies to set up procedures for resolving disputes inexpensively and informally, without litigation.

What is a Lemon Law?

The Lemon Law varies by state. Click here for links to State Lemon Laws. The main purpose of the Lemon Law is to provide vehicle owners with a no cost method of forcing vehicle makers to repurchase defective vehicles. If the Lemon Law is found to have been violated, the manufacturer typically must buy the consumer’s vehicle back and pay all of their attorney’s fees.

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