I think his point is the camera made it to the 1 year mark and died. You'd expect a lifespan longer than the minimum warranty. Could you imagine buying a a new vehicle fro 40,000 pounds with a 3 year warranty, only to have the vehicle die at 3 years and a few weeks with a major repair bill... You'd be pissed.
Hmm, I've had my Yi for almost 3 years now as a rear camera and it still works great. Granted, the latch for the mount doesn't hold it anymore (had to tape it) and the audio quality out of it is garbage.