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July 22, 2021

FTC eyes ‘right-to-repair' rules to aid consumers, fix-it shops

  • Manufacturers say they could face liability if independent shops make faulty equipment repairs.
    AP Business Writer

    WASHINGTON — Americans would be freer to repair their broken cellphones, computers, videogame consoles and even tractors themselves or to use independent repair shops under changes being eyed by federal regulators that target manufacturer restrictions.

    Responding to a new competition directive from the Biden White House, the Federal Trade Commission is moving toward writing new rules aimed at helping small repair businesses and saving consumers money on repair costs. The five FTC commissioners took up the so-called “right to repair” issue Wednesday.

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