Whether you have your eye on a performance exhaust system or are researching aftermarket cold air intakes—and you’re worried about voiding your vehicle’s warranty—have no fear. You need to refer to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which protects consumers from being wrongfully denied warranty coverage when they customize their rides.
Don’t automatically believe the myths that modifying your vehicle with aftermarket accessories voids your warranty. While this may be true in certain circumstances (and you should check with your vehicle’s manufacturer terms of warranty) , you shouldn’t take this as an absolute. According to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act: a vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty of your vehicle due to an aftermarket part unless they can prove that the aftermarket part was the cause of or contributed to the failure of the vehicle (15 U.S.C. 2302 (C)). This means that a vehicle's warranty cannot be "voided;" the dealer can only deny a claim if the stock part failed due to damage or unreasonable use.
Passed in 1975, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal law that governs warranties on consumer products. Under this Act, sellers and manufacturers of consumer products must provide consumers with detailed information about warranty coverage. Sponsored by Senator Warren G. Magnuson of Washington and U.S. Representative John E. Moss of California, this Act affects both the obligations of warrantors and the rights of consumers under written warranties.
The Act’s purpose is to help consumers understand their products’ warranties and to make these warranties enforceable. In essence, this statute was created to protect consumers from deceptive warranty practices and provide clarity regarding warranties on consumer products. To comply with the Magnuson-Moss Act, consumers should obtain complete information about warranty items and conditions and compare warranty coverage before any purchase. The Act also provides the Federal Trade Commission with a better means to protect consumers, while strengthening the incentive for companies to perform their warranty obligations in a thorough and timely manner. While all consumer products are not required to have warranties, if one is given, it must comply with the Magnuson-Moss Act.
When accessorizing your vehicle with aftermarket parts, your warranty claim cannot be automatically denied, nor can your warranty be voided, if you install non-OEM parts in your vehicle. The dealer must prove the aftermarket parts caused the failure.
For example, if your windshield wiper motors fail, your vehicle’s warranty claim can’t be denied because you installed aftermarket windshield wipers that are different from OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. Similarly, if a wheel bearing fails or a fan belt snaps and you have an aftermarket exhaust installed, the dealership would have to prove the exhaust system caused the bearing failure or the belt to snap in order to deny a warranty claim.
In these types of scenarios, the dealership should have no reason to deny your claims. If they do deny your claim you should get it in writing with their reason for not upholding the terms of their warranty.
In addition to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, you also have SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) working to protect your rights. Because SEMA represents U.S. aftermarket wholesalers, retailers, distributors and manufacturers, they often keep car manufacturers in check by supporting legislation that prevents dealership service providers from denying warranty coverage. This means dealerships have become less stringent when it comes to aftermarket parts that modify performance or suspension.
At Injen Technology, we only design, manufacture and sell performance air intake products that have been thoroughly tested to ensure compatibility with your vehicle type. Most of our performance parts are bolt-ons, and are ‘tuned’ to which give you quality performance gains without requiring engine modifications. In all reality, you shouldn’t have any problems due to installation of the parts we manufacture and sell.
However, here are a few pointers to avoid some potential pitfalls:
Make sure you install the part properly.
If you need to go to the dealership for any type of warranty issue, choose them wisely, as they will vary in how they handle warranty claims.
Arm yourself with the knowledge contained on this page, and go in with a smile. No service department wants to deal with (or help) an irate customer. Again, if they don’t want to cover your claim, simply ask them to prove what caused the failure and get it in writing. Remember, legally, you’re protected under the Magnuson-Moss Act.
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The OEM intake system consists of resonators and ducts that act like mufflers that help suppress sound levels. These components also restrict the OEM intake system.
The Injen intake system is a free-flow design, which will reduce restrictions, thus increasing horsepower and torque...and likely sound as well.
Injen SuperNano-Web Dry Air Filters are our custom-designed to filter out finer dirt and dust particles at a 99.53% efficiency rate.
For diesel engines, Injen filters remove 5 times more dust than traditional (paper) filter media, and 50 times more dust than a wet gauze air filter.
Injen dyno tests provide evidence that we are able to achieve such filtration, while also improving a vehicle's horsepower and torque!
How long has the vehicle been running rough since the intake install?
Injen Technology Ram / Cold Air Intake Systems should be removed in wet climate conditions.
Failure to do so may cause water to be absorbed into the engine through the Intake System causing serious engine failure. Injen Technology assumes no liability for damages to your engine due to water entering your vehicle's system.
If the year or the engine type is not listed as part of the application, Injen does NOT recommend installing any Injen-branded products until Injen verifies fitment and proper engine function.
If a customer installs an Injen-branded product on an unsupported/unverified vehicle application, all warranty is voided and Injen is not responsible for any damage to vehicle or engine failure.
Injen Technology offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty to the original purchaser against defects in material and workmanship on all intake systems excluding the filter element. Injen Technology will replace at no charge, any intake pipe considered by Injen Technology to be defective. The warranty is void if the warranty card is not returned to Injen Technology within the first 30 days of purchase. Any and all warranty coverage is limited to the repair or replacement of the defective part only, at Injen Technology.s discretion. Proof of purchase is required. The warranty does not cover incidental or consequential damages, nor does it cover the cost of installation or removal of the defective part or its replacement.
Injen Technology offers a one-year warranty to the original purchaser against defects in material and workmanship on all exhaust systems. Injen Technology will replace at no charge, any exhaust system considered by Injen Technology to be defective. Any and all warranty coverage is limited to the repair or replacement of the defective part only, at Injen Technology.s discretion. Proof of purchase is required. The warranty does not cover incidental or consequential damages, nor does it cover the cost of installation or removal of the defective part or its replacement.
Injen Technology offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty to the original purchaser against defects in material and workmanship on all intake systems excluding the filter element. Injen Technology will replace at no charge, any intake pipe considered by Injen Technology to be defective. The warranty is void if the warranty card is not returned to Injen Technology within the first 30 days of purchase. Any and all warranty coverage is limited to the repair or replacement of the defective part only, at Injen Technology's™ discretion. Proof of purchase is required. The warranty does not cover incidental or consequential damages, nor does it cover the cost of installation or removal of the defective part or its replacement. All warranty items must be sent freight prepaid with a valid RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) number and copy of original invoice.
Injen Technology offers a one-year warranty to the original purchaser against defects in material and workmanship on all exhaust systems. SES Intercooler and exhaust systems that have been installed will not be eligible for return under any circumstances. Defective parts will be replaced or repaired as deemed necessary by Injen Technology. All other warranty issues will apply as indicated under the Air Intake section. Most exhaust and Intercooler system installations may require a lift and or specialized tools. Due to the installation complexity of automotive exhaust and Intercooler systems, Injen Technology recommends that a qualified technician perform the installation. Most local Tuner or exhaust and muffler shops offer professional installation