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You may obtain Federal Warranty information provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can access the USEPA web site at:

Emissions Warranties for Cars & Trucks 1995 and Newer

The following information has been adapted from United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) guidelines. An EPA Fact Sheet with additional details can be found at

Federally required emission control warranties protect you, the vehicle owner, from the cost of repairs for certain emission related failures that result from manufacturer defects in materials and workmanship or that cause your vehicle to exceed federal emission standards. There are two federal emission control warranties described below: (A) "Performance Warranty" and (B) "Design and Defect Warranty."


The Performance Warranty covers repairs which are required during the first 5 years or 50,000 miles (for 1981 - 1994 vehicles) and the first two years or 24,000 miles (for 1995 and newer vehicles) of vehicle use due to the vehicle failing an emission test. You are eligible for this warranty protection if:

  • Your car or light-duty truck fails an approved emissions test; and
  • Your vehicle meets the age and mileage limitations; and
  • Your state or local government requires that you repair the vehicle; and
  • The test failure does not result from misuse of the vehicle or a failure to follow the manufacturers' written maintenance instructions; and
  • You present the vehicle to a warranty-authorized manufacturer representative, along with evidence of the emission test failure, during the warranty period.


There is another emissions warranty, called the Design and Defect Warranty, which provides additional protection to many vehicle owners who may not qualify for Performance Warranty coverage. To obtain information on the Defect and Design Warranty, you should Check your owner's manual or warranty booklet to see if you qualify for this coverage. Some manufacturers now provide extended coverage for engine components under their regular vehicle warranties.

According to federal law, an emission control or emission related part or a specified major emission control component that fails because of a defect in materials or workmanship must be repaired or replaced by the vehicle manufacturer free of charge as long as the vehicle has not exceeded the warranty time or mileage limitations for that failed part.

To determine the length of warranty coverage that applies to your vehicle, look for the emissions warranty information in your owner's manual or warranty booklet. The owner's manual or warranty booklet will also provide you with guidance on the procedures for obtaining warranty coverage.

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