Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, also known as the federal lemon law, protects buyers of consumer goods, including cars, pickup trucks, and any other products that are normally used for personal, family, or household purposes and cost more than $15.00. Specifically, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act applies to cars or trucks that exhibit problems during the manufacturer’s warranty period—including used vehicles still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
The federal lemon law covers not only an automaker’s written warranty, but also implied warranties, which are unwritten warranties that are created by state law. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act prohibits a manufacturer from disclaiming the state implied warranty if it gives a consumer a written warranty. The act also prohibits a manufacturer from making the duration of the state implied warranty shorter than the duration of its written warranty.
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act likewise requires warrantors to provide consumers with a full and conspicuous disclosure of a warranty’s terms, including the steps a consumer should take in order to get warranty repairs done or to obtain of any remedy provided for in a warranty. The requirement includes the obligation that warrantors make their warranties available to prospective buyers prior to the sale so that they can comparison shop.
Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a consumer may have a claim if a manufacturer fails to fix a vehicle after having a reasonable time to do so. If a warrantor fails to fix a consumer product, a consumer may bring a claim under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to enforce the warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act allows a consumer to seek money damages as well as other legal or equitable remedies. To enable consumers to enforce their rights and to give manufacturers an incentive to comply with their warranties, consumers may be awarded reasonable attorney fees and costs if they win. This provision of the federal lemon law makes it easy for consumers to hire a lawyer to bring claims on their behalf against manufacturers whose vehicles don’t live up to their warranties.
If your car or truck has not been fixed after several repair attempts, The Lemon Law Attorneys may be able to help obtain relief under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, even if your vehicle does not qualify for any state lemon law remedy.