The French Government is now ordering manufacturers to inform consumers how long their electronic devices (cell phones, computers) and appliances are expected to last.
“The measure requires manufacturers to inform vendors how long spare parts for an appliance will continue to be produced. The vendor is then required to inform the buyer, in writing. Violators face up to 15,000 euros ($16,800) in fines,” according to the Associated Press.
The French Government hopes this new rule will decrease “planned obsolescence,” which refers to when companies intentionally design appliances with a limited working life so that consumers will eventually have to buy a new appliance.
A similar rule may take effect next year and this will require manufacturers to repair or replace defective appliances for free within the first two years after purchase.