Right-to-Repair Legislation Wins Bipartisan AG Support

  • A bipartisan coalition of 27 AGs wrote a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to protect farmers and other consumers by passing Right-to-Repair legislation targeting automobiles, agricultural equipment, and digital electronic equipment.
  • The letter explains that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) often control access to the electronic parts needed to repair these types of consumer goods, creating unfair restraint of trade and a monopoly on repair. The AGs argue that consumers are harmed when they must send their electronic equipment back to an OEM to be fixed or replaced and are unable to choose to send it to independent repair shops for repair at a fraction of the cost.
  • The AGs note that Congress has introduced at least three bills to address the issue of right-to-repair, but none have yet passed. The letter points out that Right-to-Repair legislation enjoys wide public support, and therefore asks Congressional leaders to move forward with passing a bill that ensures consumers are able to access independent repairs while appropriately protecting sensitive consumer data that could be accessed during a repair.