Reconsider Those 'Warranty Seal' Stickers — FTC Warns Manufacturers

FTC warns console and smartphone makers against limiting consumer warranties

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There has also been an official statement by Thomas B. Pahl, Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission, who said that tying warranty coverage with the use of particular products hurts both consumers, and small businesses, which want to be competitive with their services.

The FTC is concerned that companies might be violating the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which is a law that governs consumer product warranties and prohibits certain restrictions.

That's according to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), who yesterday posted a press release warning vehicle, phone, and video game console makers to stop using warranty terms that aren't legally enforceable. In its letters, the agency provided three examples of what it deems to be "questionable provisions" found on different products.

Companies can't put warranty stickers on their products and claim the warranty is void if you remove the sticker, the FTC says.

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In a Wednesday letter to six unnamed companies, the agency determined that the use of "warranty seals" - stickers that are placed on internal components, over screws for example, and which must be broken in order to fix or open a device - are illegal.

The illegal act here is companies appearing to "tie warranty coverage to consumers' use of authorized parts or service".

With regard to the warranty stickers, companies often place labels over screws or other parts of hardware that inevitably end up broken if opening the device.

Warranty-void-if-removed stickers are one of the biggest barriers to fixing things yourself.

Apple in February ditched a warranty condition that excluded coverage on iPhones that had displays repaired or replaced by third-party providers. After 30 days, the FTC will review companies' websites, and warned the recipients that "failure to correct any potential violations may result in law enforcement action".

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