Biden reminds White House he’s serious about fixability

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US President Joe Biden has once again weighed in on the right to repair fury as sueballs fly over some alleged monopolistic practices of a well-known farm equipment maker.

Although Biden didn’t mention John Deere by name in his tweet on the matter (rather preferring to commend Apple and Microsoft for changing their policies on punters having the kit repaired by third parties), he was not shy about cover other areas in his remarks. on the subject.

“If you own a product, from a smartphone to a tractor, you don’t have the freedom to choose how or where to fix that item you purchased,” he said.

“What happened was a lot of these companies said, ‘You’re right. We will do this voluntarily. You don’t have to order us to do that. And purposely said, ‘We’re going to do it.'”

Hmm. Biden’s comments come just over six months after an executive order was issued to address repair restrictions and just days after sueballs were launched against farm equipment maker Deere & Company for allegedly allegedly prevented users from repairing their equipment themselves or via a third party. The company also received two Worst in Show awards at CES, thanks in part to its approach to repairability.

The European Parliament voted at the end of 2020 to impose labeling on products indicating their lifespan and repairability. Activist iFixit reported in 2021 on the pros and cons of the system introduced in France which, while not without flaws, was a step in the right direction.

Regarding Biden’s remarks, iFixit said, “It feels good, but it’s not very accurate. Apple and Microsoft are great companies, of course, but many other manufacturers won’t do anything to make their more repairable devices without intervention.And these two corporate giants don’t equate independent repair with their in-house departments – they take small, albeit historic, steps.

“It’s worth marking the moment when the US President announced his support for the right to repair – even if he has some issues with the sensation.”

Now, about that battery in our smartphone… ®

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