'Warranty void if removed' stickers are illegal, FTC says

'Warranty void if removed' stickers are illegal, FTC says

'Warranty void if removed' stickers are illegal, FTC says

In an announcement yesterday, the FTC said it had sent warning letters to six major companies about their anti-competitive warranty policies. "Companies can't void a consumer's warranty or deny warranty coverage exclusively because the consumer uses a part made by someone else or gets someone not authorized by the company to perform service on the product", said FTC official Lesley Fair.

The FTC goes on to say that of the six companies that it has warned, they include automobile, smartphone and video game console manufacturers. The FTC has initiated enforcement actions against other industries that void warranties in the past, but this appears to be the first time the FTC has specifically called out makers of cell phones and gaming consoles for the practice.

The use of [company name] parts is required to keep your. manufacturer's warranties and any extended warranties intact.

The FTC brought out the rule hammer this week in a letter to 6 companies about their stickers.

Interestingly, the FTC notified a company or companies that had language stating that a warranty would be voided if the warranty seal on a product was "altered, defaced, or removed".

The FTC hasn't named the firms but a company that has been criticized over the years for restrictions on third-party screen replacements is Apple.

"After misleading consumers about its privacy and security practices, Uber compounded its misconduct by failing to inform the Commission that it suffered another data breach in 2016 while the Commission was investigating the company's strikingly similar 2014 breach", acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a statement Thursday.

This warranty shall not apply if this product.is used with products not sold or licensed by Nintendo. This should hopefully lead to a trend that allows people to attempt to fix their own machines or use third-party repairs, while still being covered by the manufacturers' warranty.

The FTC says "it is illegal to condition warranty coverage on the use of specified parts or services". Some even insist that you'll void the warranty if you break the "warranty seal".

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