New York, June 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) In a world first, the New York State Legislature has passed the “Right to Repair” bill that will require manufacturers of digital electronics to put parts, tools, information and software available to consumers and independent repair shops.
The “Fair Repair Act” comes after federal pressure to enforce consumers’ rights to repair and refurbish their purchased goods.
For independent repair shops, this is huge news as they will finally be able to compete with manufacturers, resisting the repair market consolidation that manufacturers have created by restricting access to parts and tools.
In a recent survey, 59% of independent repair shops said they might have to close without the “right to repair” passing.
Self-repair groups like iFixit hailed the decision, calling it “a leap forward for the type of repair.”
“People who want to fix their own stuff can. And your repair experience should improve even if you’re intimidated by the thought of opening up your laptop or phone,” iFixit said in a blog post. Friday night.
Previously, manufacturers could push consumers to use manufacturer-approved stores, but now they will have to compete.
“Every consumer in New York is going to benefit from this historic legislation. We can all fix the things we love, stop being forced to buy new things we don’t want, and allow the aftermarket to provide reuse options. high quality,” said Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of the Repair Association.
This bill covers most products containing electronics, but has a few notable exclusions.
This does not include motor vehicles (these are already governed by a national right to repair agreement between car manufacturers and the aftermarket), household appliances, medical devices, security communication equipment such as police radios, agricultural equipment and off-road equipment.
“The Digital Fair Repair Act puts consumers first, levels the playing field for independent repair shops, and reduces the environmental footprint of our e-waste,” said New York Assemblyman Patricia Fahy. York.