According to an Associated Press report, France’s government has ordered appliance manufacturers to tell consumers how long they should expect their goods to last.
The new decree is geared at “fighting so-called planned obsolescence,” or the practice of deliberately designing products with a limited lifespan to force consumers into replacing them.
As the repair industry and consumer reports have been noting, appliances aren’t lasting nearly as long as they used to. While the trade-off for durability usually includes significant energy cost savings and interesting smart features, the public is undoubtedly disenchanted with the decline of longevity in their home appliances.
Will France lead the way in a resurgence of appliance reliability? Maybe. And if home appliances can combine modern technology with old-school durability, consumers get a win-win.