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California consumer rights around product warranties are protected by laws like the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which ensure clear warranty terms, implied warranties of merchantability, and remedies for defective products.

Violations of Consumer Product Warranties Come in Many Forms

In California, consumer rights around product warranties are governed by both federal and state laws.

Federal Warranty Law

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act: This federal law governs warranties on consumer products. It requires manufacturers and sellers to provide consumers with clear and detailed information about warranty coverage. Key aspects include:

  • Warranties must be clearly labeled as either “full” or “limited.”
  • Detailed information about what is covered, the duration of coverage, and how to obtain warranty service must be provided.
  • Consumers have the right to sue for breach of warranty.

California State Warranty Laws

Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act: Also known as the California Lemon Law, this act provides additional protections for consumers in California. Key provisions include:

  • Implied Warranties: Every sale in California includes an implied warranty of merchantability, ensuring that the product is fit for its intended purpose.
  • Express Warranties: If a seller provides an express warranty, it must be honored as stated.
  • Lemon Law: For new vehicles, if a manufacturer or dealer cannot repair a vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts, the consumer is entitled to a replacement or a refund.
  • Warranty Duration: Implied warranties last for at least 60 days and up to one year, depending on the type of product.
  • Repair Requirements: If a product with an express warranty is repaired, the warranty period is extended by the number of days the product is out of use.

Additional Protections

  • Right to Refund or Replacement: If a product fails to conform to the warranty, consumers have the right to a refund or replacement.
  • Disclosure Requirements: Sellers must clearly disclose warranty terms and conditions.
  • Enforcement: Consumers can seek remedies through small claims court, the Department of Consumer Affairs, or private legal action.

Tips for Consumers

  • Keep Documentation: Always keep receipts, warranties, and records of any repairs or communications with the seller or manufacturer.
  • Know Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with both federal and state warranty laws to understand your rights and protections.
  • Act Promptly: If you encounter a problem with a product, address it as soon as possible to avoid potential limitations on your rights.

These laws ensure that consumers in California are protected against defective products and have recourse if their products do not meet promised standards.

Our Approach

Our Practices are Guided by Integrity. We’ll protect what you deserve.

We work tirelessly and fight tenaciously to hold rights abusers accountable.

If you’ve experienced a distressing incident related to an issue like this, call us for a free case evaluation.

Did You Know?

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal law that requires manufacturers and sellers of consumer products to provide clear and detailed information about warranty coverage and grants consumers the right to legal recourse for breach of warranty.
Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act is a California state law that provides consumers with protections and remedies, including implied warranties and the right to a refund or replacement for defective products, particularly for new vehicles that cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts.

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