If you have ever purchased an appliance or even a baby product in Oregon, you may have noticed it includes a product warranty card. While this little piece of paper might sound rather urgent, is it really necessary to fill it out?
Knowing the purpose of this card can help you decide what to do with it.
It does not impact your warranty
Perhaps the most important thing to know is that choosing not to fill out your warranty card does not impact your warranty. According to Cornell Law School, by law, manufacturers cannot require consumers to submit a warranty card in order to activate a warranty.
Manufacturers can legally include information about how to register a product to show proof of purchase, but regardless of your choice to participate or not they still must provide a warranty.
It can expedite notifications
One benefit of filling out a product warranty card is that you can receive expedited notifications regarding any recalls. Using the information on the card, you can also keep track of the age of your product, as well as product specifications. This is helpful to use when verifying whether or not your product is part of a recall notice.
Whenever you purchase something from a manufacturer, you should not have to worry about your safety. If you have suffered an injury because of a product defect, the manufacturer should take responsibility for the outcome. If you decide to take legal action, working with an attorney can give you access to the resources and guidance you need to make a case.