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Federal lemon law act explained

Legal Assistance for Owners of a Faulty Vehicle Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

The federal lemon law act, formally referred to as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, ensures that warranties are enforced on products that fail to perform as advertised after they have already been purchased. Its goal is to protect consumers like you from falling prey to deceptive manufactures through requiring warranties that are clear and straightforward, as well as enforcing them if a breach of contract was to occur. Each state has its own laws regarding lemons that work in tandem with the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to protect the rights of people like you.

The California Lemon Law (Civ. Code, § 1793.22) protects consumers like you when a vehicle is defective and cannot be repaired after a “reasonable” number of attempts. This lemon law act stipulates that in such cases, the manufacturer must either replace or repurchase the vehicle—whichever you prefer.

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What Does the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Do?

Initially passed by Congress in 1975, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act governs warranties on consumer products and provides legal recourse for anyone who purchases a faulty product that repeatedly fails to live up to its expected standards. This law prevents manufacturers from including unfair or misleading disclaimers and warranties with their products as well as provides consumers with access to reasonable remedies when a breach of warranty occurs. While mediation and arbitration are encouraged first steps for settling disputes, this act gives the federal government the power to step in and take action against a manufacturer who fails to meet the law's requirements.

To prevail under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a claim must generally meet the following requirements:

  • A product has a valid warranty
  • The product was presented for repairs within the warranty period
  • The manufacturer failed to adhere to the warranty's provisions within a reasonable amount of time or repair attempts

The Uniform Commercial Code

The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) is a comprehensive set of laws that applies to all 50 states and works in tandem with the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to protect consumers against faulty cars. Under the UCC, customers have a right to seek a refund or replacement of a lemon as well as compensation for attorneys fees. With that being said, the UCC does not define what a "lemon" is, requiring the courts to decide whether to award a replacement or refund.

Implications for CA Residents

California law works with federal lemon laws to ensure that consumers with a faulty car, motor home, motorcycle, boat, or other vehicle have the ability to pursue compensation for their troubles.

The applicable vehicles must be:

  • Under the original manufacturer’s warranty
  • Purchased for primarily personal or family use
  • Under 10,000 pounds if used for commercial purposes
  • Owned by a person, group, or other legal entity who possesses fewer than five vehicles registered in California

    Find Your Advocate at CA Lemon Law Firm

    Many people incorrectly assume they must pursue their lemon law claim through the manufacturer’s provided arbitration program. This is not the case. While the program’s theoretical aim is to help customers find resolution with their issues directly with the manufacturer, they are typically geared towards placing the liability back on you and avoiding having to provide any compensation for their faulty product. If you’ve been battling a defective vehicle for months, stop dealing with the frustration. Let us handle it for you.

    We’ve made it our job to know state and federal lemon laws inside and out so that you don’t have to. Call (818) 960-1550 today or contact us online to learn more about eligibility.

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