Washington has a chance to guarantee the right to fix our stuff this year.
SB5464 and HB1392 would require manufacturers to make everything needed to repair laptops, tablets, and cell phones available to owners and independent shops. Access to parts, tools, and documentation would bring competition back into the repair market.
PIRG estimates that repair could save the average household $330 per year—or $960 million across the state of Washington. Washingtonians throw away over 8,700 phones a day, and these bills could help keep many of those phones—and other gadgets—out of the waste stream. Our planet and our pocketbooks need repair.
There are two easy ways to tell your legislators why repair matters to you: Call or write, using the widgets below. We’ll track down their contact information and help you through the process.
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Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life.
Well, manufacturers like John Deere and Apple don’t like the idea. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service.
Nope! We already have right to repair for cars—that’s why you can take your Ford into a local mechanic. They have all the same software diagnostics and service manuals that the dealerships have. This is the result of decades of auto Right to Repair legislation—laws that have been a resounding success.
It’s time to fight for your right to repair and defend local repair jobs—the corner mom-and-pop repair shops that keep getting squeezed out. Write or call your legislator. Tell them you support the Fair Repair Act. Tell them that you believe repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible. Stand up for your right to repair in Washington!