Magnuson-Moss Warrant Act: Understanding Lemon Laws

Article by National Lemon Law Center

What is a lemon? A lemon is a consumer product which has defects or nonconformities, which either cannot be repaired in a reasonable period of time or which have not been “fixed” regardless of how many attempts have been made.

Although people normally hear about such laws referring to a car, truck, or SUV, they can also apply to computers or appliances with a warranty. Consumers can seek relief from these laws after they have sought multiple repairs with a product or have noticed unusual or abnormal problems.

Each state has established a set of “lemon laws.” These laws provide legal remedies for purchasers of cars, defective computers or appliances that consistently fail to meet their expected standards of quality and performance. These products are called lemons. Such federal law was created called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

This act protects all American citizens across the nation from being victimized by defected consumer products and goods. State lemon laws do, however, vary from state to state and may not cover certain used or leased vehicles. In order to find out what your state law cover’s, you should consult with a local lemon law attorney in your area.

Under such federal law, anything mechanical would be covered. Additionally, the federal law also provides that in certain situations, the warranter may be obligated to cover the consumer’s legal fees in a successful lawsuit. This is the case in many state laws as well.

State and federal laws are centered on the manufacturer’s warranty. All manufacturers are expected to uphold their warranty to their consumers. When there has been a breach in the warranty, the consumer is protected under state and federal lemon laws. These rights provided to the consumer may even exceed the warranties expressed within purchase contracts. The language in the manufacturer’s warranty is what makes them legally responsible for the repairs of the vehicle, appliance or computer device.

A manufacturer’s warranty is in itself a guarantee; therefore, the law imposes specific obligations on behalf of the manufacturer and the seller to uphold that guarantee. Consumers have the right to enjoy the benefits of that warranty, therefore, if the product doesn’t hold up to its promises or if it continues to be in need in repair, the consumer can seek legal recourse.

If you are experiencing frustration with your car, truck, SUV or electronic device, you should speak with an experienced Nationwide lemon law lawyer who is familiar with your local state lemon laws. An attorney will be able to tell you if you have a valid claim and they will also be able to protect your legal rights in the event the dealership or manufacturer chooses to fight your claim. Whether a settlement or a trial is in your future, a lemon law attorney can help you achieve the best outcome in your case.

The National Lemon Law Center provides consumers with access to their state’s lemon law, in addition to providing them with links to necessary resources. Their company can provide you with contact information with all of their affiliated attorneys who have successfully handled lemon law cases. In fact, if you use one of their affiliated attorneys, you will gain access to a wealth of information regarding federal and state lemon laws, and to information about how you might have legal recourse. Don’t hesitate to take the first step towards contacting a Nationwide lemon law lawyer by calling (877) 315-3666 for a free case evaluation and an explanation of your consumer rights!

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