FTC To HW Makers: Warranty Voiding Stickers Are Illegal!

FTC To HW Makers: Warranty Voiding Stickers Are Illegal!

We’ve all seen the proverbial “warranty void if removed” sticker on a piece of hardware. Typically these are used to show if a screw has been removed or a case has been opened in some fashion. Often the manufacturer will use this method to deny a warranty claim if the owner has attempted to “look inside.” However, the average consumer does not realize this practice is 100% illegal. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently made a public statement about reminding 6 manufacturers of the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. They do not specifically name the 6 companies (though most assume Nintendo and Sony were among them), but its clear the FTC is not happy with this practice.

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