California Law Passed On Right-To-Repair Act, Ensuring Seven Years Of Parts For Your Phone


There have been numerous reports that cover the advancements in a consumer’s rights to repair various products, spanning from phones to cars, which has become increasingly more difficult over the past few decades.

Now, marking a significant milestone, the California state government has enacted a groundbreaking law mandating technology companies to furnish parts and manuals for repairing smartphones for seven years post their market release.

With the passage of Senate Bill 244, which gained a unanimous 65-0 approval in the Assembly and 38-0 in the Senate, positions California – the epicenter of American technological hardware and software – as the third state in the nation adopt the “right to repair” legislation.

On a more detailed level, the bill secures consumers’ entitlement to replacement parts for three years for devices costing between $50 and $99, and seven years for those exceeding $100, retroactively affecting devices manufactured and sold in 2021.

While similar laws exist in Minnesota and New York, none extend as far into the future as California’s.

Kyle Wiens, the CEO of advocacy group iFixit, said in a statement, “Accessible, affordable, widely available repair benefits everyone. We’re especially thrilled to see this bill pass in the state where iFixit is headquartered, which also happens to be Big Tech’s backyard. Since Right to Repair can pass here, expect it to be on its way to a backyard near you.”

One of the key reasons for celebrating this development, as highlighted by Wiens, is the historical resistance from major manufacturers, including John Deere and Apple, against right-to-repair legislation. This resistance is fueled by their desire to monopolize repair and maintenance markets and safeguard intellectual property from imitations or competition.

A consequence of the complexity in repairing modern electronics is the prevalent tendency to discard them. Unfortunately, this contributes to a growing environmental challenge known as “E-waste,” which poses a potential environmental hazard due to its lack of meaningful biodegradability.

The California bill, in addition to affirming the right to repair, seeks to address this issue by aiming to keep easily repairable devices out of landfills.

Although the California bill is not flawless, with concerns about parts pairing not being addressed, Wiens believes it represents a turning point that will catalyze a surge in similar legislation in the near future.


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