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FTC Says ‘Warranty Void If Removed’ Stickers Are Illegal

Everyone has seen those “Warranty Void if Removed” stickers on electronics. They send the message that if you go to a third party to repair your device, you lose your warranty.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), however, reminds us that’s illegal for any device over $15.

Companies cannot void your warranty if you choose to fix your gadget yourself or if you go to another company. That’s thanks to the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. reports Motherboard. It dictates that manufacturers can’t put warranty restrictions on devices they offer. Of course, countless companies do it anyway.

Related: Apple Offering Reduced Cost Of Battery Replacements For iPhones

The FTC issued warnings to six companies, but did not reveal which ones. However, there’s a good chance that giants Microsoft and Sony are among those that got letters.

The companies have 30 days to update their sites and comply with U.S. federal law before the FTC takes action.

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