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The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act—a Federal Law for Your Protection

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is essentially a lemon law offered at the federal level rather than at the state level for defective, damaged and poorly made products, even houses.

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If you find your purchased product to be less than satisfactory, and your state does not have any lemon laws regarding this type of product, then you can use the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

When it was passed, the act, sponsored by Warren G. Magnuson and John E. Moss, not only allowed for acts against bad products, it also required more understandable warranties on products in a time when the concept was as foreign as the use of personal computers.

Don't confuse the act with the Federal Lemon Law, or FLL, because it covers more than just defective vehicles. The lemon law covers motorized vehicles—cars, trucks, motorcycles, even motorized wheelchairs.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act cover any sort of product, including vehicles, as long as it has a warranty.

This act helps you, the consumer, get the most for your money, ensuring that you have either a product that works properly, or a refund or replacement of that product.

So far, this has helped thousands of people get everything that they expected when they made their purchase, even if it didn't happen at the time of purchase.

The act has been used many times since its institution in cases such as Davis v. Southern Energy Homes, and Richardson v. Palm Harbor Homes.

If you purchased an item that doesn't meet your expectations or simply breaks down too easily, do not let the manufacturer get away with it. Use this act and empower yourself.

As with anything in life, there are pro's and cons that accompany this warranty act and they are:

Pro's of The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

  • Empowers you, the consumer.

  • Does not let merchants get away with any sort of fraud.

  • Allows you to buy quality products.

  • Requires more detailed and easy-to-read warranties with no random loopholes designed for the retailer or manufacturer.

  • Vehicle manufacturers cannot void the warranty because of aftermarket parts being installed on a vehicle

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act—Cons

  • Does not supersede any other federal laws.

  • Repair and service warranties are not covered—only product warranties.

  • May allow the customer to harass retailers.

  • Is sometimes bad news for manufacturers.

For those who have a problem that the state lemon laws or federal lemon laws just will not cover, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is on your side.

If you have a defective product, you can use this act to fight against injustice and get the compensation that you deserve as a consumer with a problem.

Though it may take a bit of time for you to get the compensation that you want, it will certainly be worth it in the end.

So if you've been wronged—do the best you can to fight quick and hard, using every tool at your disposal, including a lemon law attorney and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Get everything that you deserve. Sadly, there are many more people out there in the exact same situation. I hope your success inspires others to get out of the dilemma that ia a lemon product.

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NOTE:The information here is not legal advice and is only presented to you so you can know your options if you purchased a lemon. As with any legal issue, you should seek the advice of a qualified attorney.


 

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