You've probably heard about “Galaxy S3 Sudden Death” syndrome. Discovering patches provided it came to be clear that the reason was a bug in saving a filesystem metadata to a flash memory and there is a way how to move away of the situation of the deadly broken device. See a following recording of the talk from 34c4 conference.
Under the new directive, manufacturers will have to label products with information about how long spare parts will be available. Next year, manufacturers will also be required to offer free repair or replacement for the first two years after purchase.