Never mind mainframes that can?t cope with the Year 2000 date change - US politicians want action to warn the public of potential problems with videos recorders, microwaves and washing machines.
Stephen Horn, Republican chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight subcommittee, called for "consumer activism" to alert the public to the need to do a Year 2000 fix on common household appliances that may begin to malfunction on 1 January 2000.
As well as previously identified items such as PCs and elevators, the average consumer can expect trouble from appliances as diverse as microwaves, central heating thermostats and lawn sprinklers, according to Horn, who warned: "This presents consumers with considerable inconvenience."
Horn?s committee called on US government agencies to take action to publicise the problems that end users can expect, while advising consumers to run their own complaince tests by setting the microwave to 31 December 1999 and seeing it still works the next morning.
None of the government agencies named by Horn have yet responded to his demands. They include the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the Transport Safety Board.
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