The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal law that governs the content and regulation of consumer product warranties. This Act is designed to protect the rights of consumers and detail the obligations of warrantors that are offering written warranties with their consumer products.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act gives consumers considerable rights in dealing with manufacturers of “lemon” products. The Act requires that all warrantors meet certain minimum requirements when issuing a written warranty to a consumer and that the terms of the written warranty be fully disclosed before purchase.

As detailed below, the Act establishes three basic requirements that must be met by a manufacturer, seller, or warrantor of a consumer product.

What the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Requires

  • A warrantor must designate or title its written warranty as either “full” or “limited.”
  • A warrantor may not disclaim implied warranties that arise as a matter of law if it enters into a warranty or service contract with the consumer. A warrantor must take all necessary measures to live up to the obligations set forth in its warranty and warrantors are only allowed a “reasonable” opportunity to cure any repairs needed under the warranty. Should a warrantor fail to repair or take other necessary measures as required by its warranty after being afforded a reasonable opportunity to do so, the warrantor may be liable for monetary damages, refund, replacement, and attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • A warrantor must ensure that warranties are available where consumer products are sold so that consumers may read them before purchase.

How does the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act help Consumers?

Although the Act does not require a manufacturer to provide purchasers with a warranty as explained above, if a warranty is provided, the Act provides various protections for the consumer by making it easier for consumers who purchased “lemon” products to bring a claim for breach of warranty. By allowing consumers to recover court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees should they prevail, the Act makes it economically feasible for consumers to retain Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® to pursue their interests.

Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can represent you under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. It is our goal to provide legal services to consumers utilizing the laws that provide for payment of our attorneys’ fees by the manufacturer, seller or warrantor. Thus, our clients do not pay attorneys’ fees, but only minimal court costs and filing fees.

Contact us for a free case review if you would like to see if you qualify under The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. You can Contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® by calling our toll free telephone number 1-800-USLEMON (1-800-875-3666), emailing us at, or completing our Free Lemon Law Case Review.

We will attempt to quickly resolve your claim with the manufacturer at no cost to you.

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