Just about last month, we had reported that Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had announced that “warranty void if removed” stickers that we see on various gadgets are actually illegal. Now, FTC just reminded all the companies that this is not based on any new ruling or a recently passed law; on the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
The organization had stated that six companies have been given warnings about this practice. While FTC had not mentioned the names of those tech firms, Motherboard reported that they have gotten their hands on the warning letters, which reveal the names of the companies. The tech firms that have received warning from FTC include Microsoft, Sony, ASUS, Hyundai, HTC, and Nintendo.
FTC had sent out these letters on April 9. They gave the companies a timeframe of 30 days to change their official policies on warranty. If the companies fail to do so, they would be slapped with potential legal action, added the letters.
“Warranty language that implies to a consumer acting reasonably under the circumstances that warranty coverage requires the consumer to purchase an article or service identified by brand, trade or corporate name is similarly deceptive and prohibited,” mention the warnings.
None of the six companies, which have received warning letters from FTC, have issued any statement as of now.