If you’ve ever opened up a video game console in order to do a hard-drive upgrade or to clean out some dust and instantly regretted it because you voided your product’s warranty, you may be happy to hear that the so-called “Seal” warning is actually illegal.
The FTC first posted in April that it was sending letters to game console, auto and cell phone makers warning them that telling a customer that they must only use the company’s own products for repairs or that breaking a seal voids a warranty are prohibited under the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
Vice’s Motherboard website obtained letters from the FTC to six companies including Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Hyundai, HTC and ASUS, giving the companies 30 days to remove these sticker warnings. The date of the letter was April 9. If you have a product from one of these companies with a “Void if removed” sticker, it’s safe to just rip it off yourself.
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