Warranties and the Magnuson-Moss Act
See Also: Amsoil's Limited Product Warranty
warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied
warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with
such product, any article or service (other than article or service
provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identi
in 1975 enacted the federal Magnuson-Moss Act to regulate written consumer
product warranties. An examination of the law reveals warranties remain
intact when AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants are used. The law was meant to
give consumers detailed information about warranty coverage before they
charged the Federal Trade Commission with creation of the speci.cs of the
law. The FTC set down three rules under the Act: the Disclosure Rule, the
Pre-Sale Availability Rule and the Dispute Resolution Rule.
rules require warrantors to title their written warranty as either
“full” or “limited,” provide
passing the Act, Congress meant to give consumers access to warranty
information, let consumers comparison shop for warranties, encourage
warranty competition and promote timely and complete performance of
the Magnuson-Moss Act does not require manufacturers to provide a written
warranty, it provides specific rules when one is provided.
those provisions, FTC regulations state: “(c) No warrantor of a consumer
product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on
the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or
service (other than article or service provided without charge under
the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade, or
corporate name; except that the prohibition of this subsection may be
waived by the Commission if – (1) the warrantor satisfies the Commission
that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or
service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product,
and (2) the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public
interest.” (42 U.S.C. 2302(C))
means your warranty stands when you use AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants.
manufacturers recommend lubricants according to their viscosity grade and
service classification. Any oil, whether it’s conventional petroleum
motor oil or synthetic, meeting the correct viscosity grade, 5W-30 for
example, and the current API SL and ILSAC GF-3 North American service
classifications may be used without affecting warranty coverage. AMSOIL
motor oils are recommended for use in applications requiring these
the practice of extending oil drain intervals does not void warranties.
Original equipment manufacturers pay or deny warranty claims based on the
findings of failure analysis. To affect the vehicle warranty, the
lubricant must be directly responsible for the failure. If the oil
didn’t cause the problem the warranty cannot be voided, regardless of
brand or length of time in use.
motor oil was introduced to the automotive public in 1972 by AMSOIL, INC.,
with the world’s first API rated synthetic motor oil – specially
formulated for long service and superior performance and protection to
that of conventional oils.
30 years ago, AMSOIL synthetics represented a vision of the future and
technology ahead of their time. Since then, every major engine oil
manufacturer has introduced synthetic oils of their own.
be sure, many original equipment manufacturers would like you to believe
you can only use their products. However, it’s a violation of the
consumer protections set forth in the Magnuson-Moss Act, unless they’re
willing to provide you those products free of charge. AMSOIL offers a
warranty that covers the cost of repair or replacement of a proven
mechanically sound engine damaged as a result of using AMSOIL synthetic
motor oil. However, it has never happened.
years of experience proves AMSOIL can be installed in any vehicle with
further backs its products with action when a Dealer or customer reports
being told their