Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act

Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act

Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act

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The Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act (P.L. 93-637) is a United States federal law, ( et seq.). Enacted in 1975, it is the federal statute that governs warranties on consumer products. The Act was sponsored by Senator Warren G. Magnuson of Washington and U.S. Representative John E. Moss of California, both Democrats, as well as Senator Frank Moss of Utah, who co-sponsored it with Magnuson.

Purpose

According to the Report of the House of Representatives which accompanied the law (House Report No. 93-1197, 93d Cong 2d Sess.) the Magnuson-Moss act was enacted by Congress in response to the widespread misuse by merchants of express warranties and disclaimers. The legislative history indicates that the purpose of the Act is to make warranties on consumer products more readily understood and enforceable and to provide the Federal Trade Commission with means to better protect consumers.

The statute is remedial in nature and is intended to protect consumers from deceptive warranty practices. Consumer products are not required to have warranties, but if one is given, it must comply with the Magnuson-Moss Act.

Definitions used

The Magnuson-Moss Act contains many definitions:

  • A "consumer" is a buyer of consumer goods for personal use. A buyer of consumer products for resale is not a consumer.
  • A "supplier" is any person engaged in the business of making a consumer product......
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