KNOW YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS
Many consumers are confused
regarding the installation and service of third party accessories for their vehicles.
This confusion often is the result of incorrect information intended to convince you that
only the manufacturer or authorized dealer should service your vehicle. What does the law
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
is Federal Law enacted in 1975 establishing warranty requirements. The Act provides
that: “Warranties, written or implied, cannot be conditioned on the consumer’s
use of any article or service identified by brand, trade, or corporate name.” This
prohibition against conditioning warranties on the use of authorized items or services
can only be waived by the Federal Trade Commission if two specific factors are found:
The Federal Trade Commission is satisfied that the warranted product will function
properly only if the article or service so identified is used and
2) The Federal Trade
Commission finds it is in the public interest. The Federal Trade Commission in determining what
is in the public interest, seeks and accepts comments from the public.
What does this mean to you?
Purchasing and having accessories installed in your vehicle does not void your warranty
unless the manufacturer has been able to convince the Federal Trade Commission that
the installation and/or service will cause a malfunction to the vehicle and the restriction
is in the public interest. These are difficult tests to meet, especially since the public is
economically and technologically ahead through third party accessory options. If your
manufacturer or dealer tells you that your warranty is void or able to be voided due to third
party accessories or service, ask him for the Federal Trade Commission determination
supporting the claim. You may even want to call the FTC yourself.
This overview was written by
our corporate attorney after research into the Magnuson-Moss Warranty act. It is an
explanation of the law in plain English so that our customers may understand their rights.
For the complete Magnuson-Moss
Warranty act go to this website address:
This text was taken, verbatim,
from the Website of the
Mobile Electronics Retailers