Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, consumer product warranty


FOR many Americans the most recent anniversary of the nation's independence was little more than a prelude to the forthcoming Bicentennial. For American businessmen, however, the 199th anniversary was significant in its own right. On July 4, 1975, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act went into effect, having been signed by President Ford six months earlier. A supporter has described the Act as "one of the most important pieces of consumer protection legislation considered by Congress since the Federal Trade Commision Act itself was passed in 1914." This characterization should not be dismissed as mere partisan rhetoric. The Act may indeed have a significant effect upon the respective rights and responsibilities of those who buy, sell, and manufacture consumer products. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act represents the first comprehensive attempt to deal with the problems of consumer product warranties on the federal level. This Article will examine the provisions of the Act, with particular emphasis on their interaction with existing state law.

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