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The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal statute that oversees warranties on consumer products. The Act was created due to merchants misusing warranties and disclaimers. The purpose for the Act is to better protect the consumer from deceptive practices by merchants who fail to abide by product warranties. There are no requirements for a product to have a warranty; however, if there is a warranty, it must abide by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Take a look at the questions answered by Experts regarding the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

I bought a GMC truck 15 months ago. I bought a service contract that is still in effect. This truck has been at the service center every month since I bought it, for the same problem. They have charged the insurance company about $20,000 and the problem is still there. Is my car a lemon under the lemon law in California? This car was in an accident from a prior owner. When I asked the question about any accidents on the car they said no accidents. Is that legal? I live in California.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a Federal Lemon law that allows consumers to be compensated after buying defective or damages automobiles. To qualify for California's Lemon Law or the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, you have to have a product that has been repaired numerous times for the same issue under the manufacturer's factory warranty. The compensation for Lemon Law may include refunds, replacement or cash compensation.

When the dealer denied prior damage to the vehicle is enough reason to resend the sale, even if the vehicle is no longer under warranty from the manufacturer. You could possibly sue the car dealer for fraud and treble damages. Treble damage is a term that indicates a statute that allows the court to triple the amount of the compensation, usually in an attempt to punish the other party for willful conduct. In order to win a lawsuit against the car dealer, you must act fast and be prepared for court.

I purchased an LG gas stove in May 2009. I have had the knobs replaced twice and one is broken again. The second time caused a gas leak because it looks as if the knob is in the off position but it isn't. I feel that this is a safety hazard and want to know if this would be covered under the lemon law for appliances.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, along with the Maryland lemon Laws allow for compensation to consumers who have purchased faulty merchandise ranging from household appliances to RV's. In order to qualify for the Lemon Law, you have to have a product that has been repaired multiple times under the manufacturer's factory warrant. Compensation usually is in the form of replacement product, refunds or cash compensation.

I am a Canadian that purchased an expensive travel trailer in Idaho and have had nothing but problems. I understand there is a lemon law and I feel I am a candidate. I have had the travel trailer in the shop four times and still have issues. I bought it new. What are my options?

While the Idaho Lemon Law doesn't cover motor homes or recreational vehicles, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act does. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act requires that the manufacturer of a product must abide by the warranty. This means any product, including an RV. If your RV has been in the shop more than 3 times, you will have to file suit against the dealer or the manufacturer and if you win the case, the other party will have to pay your attorney fees. If the dealer continues to refuse to fix or replace the RV, you should hire a consumer protection attorney who can represent you and file suit against the dealer.

In California how can I get help under the lemon laws for GE washers that were sold as commercial grade and won't stand up under normal use.

California Lemon laws and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act cover the compensation to consumers who buy defective products. These range from vehicles, computers, appliances and products. In order to qualify under these lemon laws, you must have a product that has been repaired multiple times under the manufacturer's factory warranty. If you think you qualify, you should speak to an attorney about possibly filing for a lawsuit under the lemon law.

Is it legal for the owner of a hearing aide store to verbally change the warranty from 45 days to 90 days?

A warranty cannot be changed without your written consent. Without your consent, the warranty will remain in its original wording. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act states that a warranty must be written as a "full" or" limited" warranty. If not, is in violation of the Act. It may be possible for you to have the warranty waived by the court, enabling you to have access a refund or have the hearing aide repaired free of charge.

If you are having issues with a merchant who won't abide by their product warranty, you should contact a consumer protection attorney who can assist you with your situation.
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