French law may soon require manufacturers to let buyers know how long they can expect a product to last before they buy it. Not only that, but another law coming into effect next year will require manufacturers to replace or repair faulty appliances for free for the first two years after purchase.
And that sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.
Basically, if it breaks within 2 years, it has to be repaired or replaced. Some places in EU also require that if it breaks within 5 years but after the 2 year warranty expires, they have to offer you a way to fix it (but you pay for it). If they can't fix it, they have to replace it for free with a similar product or give you a compensation.
What would it take to get this kind of warranty protection in the US? My biggest concern is that they will run out of parts, and that could be bad for the company. If the law is smart (no guarantees there, obviously) then it will give manufacturers the option of making enough parts to cover the predicted future needs and call it good.