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This is a discussion on Voiding warranties. within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; The question is repeatedly asked whether '..modification X will void my warranty?' Void your warranty on what, I ask. The ...

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    Voiding warranties.

    The question is repeatedly asked whether '..modification X will void my warranty?' Void your warranty on what, I ask. The fact is that there is no magic component which, when installed will 'void your entire factory warranty'.

    This fact cannot (apparently) be emphasized strongly enough. Your dealership can spin it every which way, but the law is quite clear on this issue.

    Fitting an aftermarket sky-hook or heavy-weight to your WRX can only initially result in denial of coverage for the OEM sky-hook and heavy-weight. However, if your dealership can demonstrate that your modification caused some failure of another OEM component, they may refuse coverage on that OEM component.

    The Magnusson-Moss act commentary is available here:
    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/...s/warranty.htm
    Last edited by pace; 08-30-2002 at 10:22 AM.

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    Apparently, the above link has been only causing further confusion.

    Specifically, the laws governing denial of warranty coverage due to application of a non-OEM component are covered in the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. section 2302(C))

    (c) Prohibition on conditions for written or implied warranty; waiver by Commission 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. The Commission shall identify in the Federal Register, and permit public comment on, all applications for waiver of the prohibition of this subsection, and shall publish in the Federal Register its disposition of any such application, including the reasons therefor.
    In plain English; neither your dealership NOR Subaru Of America have the legal authority to determine nor decide whether your aftermarket component warrants a denial of warranty coverage.

    I found the following site that provides advice on how to proceed in the event of denial of warranty coverage which you believe to be unjustified.

    http://www.enjoythedrive.com/content/?ID=8124

    -Pace
    Last edited by pace; 08-30-2002 at 10:31 AM.

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