The Right to Repair
Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss new laws forcing equipment manufacturers to make diagnostic software, spare hardware parts and the tools needed to make repairs on their own.
- In smartphones and smart watches the density of the electronics inside make a few components, mostly batteries and glass screens reparable. Self service repair by a unskilled consumer may cost the consumer more time and money than factory repair if it is not done correctly.
- The increase in electronics and computers in cars has allowed computer diagnostics to identify faults by going to a local auto parts store and using their diagnostic computer, but may have made it more difficult for the unskilled owner to repair it.
- Some of the motivation for these right-to-repair laws is to reduce electronic waste in the landfills. It may help but some consumer electronics but for many electronics the reason they are disposed of is because they are technologically obsolete.. Consider the millions of VHS video systems, DVD’s , audio cassettes, etc. that are fairly worthless now, repairing it is not the issue.
- In Colorado the motivation for the right-to-repair was to help farmers reduce the cost of repair farm equipment by making diagnostic software and replacement electronics modules accessible.
- Forcing manufacturers to make devices repairable would restrict innovation and in many cases a much less reliable assembly.
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