HOUSEHOLDS could find it cheaper to fix broken tech such as mobile phones in future thanks to new right-to-repair rules.
It comes as President Joe Biden is set to order the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to draft new rules around repairs, reports Bloomberg.
Currently, manufacturers typically limit consumers’ ability to repair products at independent shops or on their own.
It means shoppers often have to fork out more cash for a repair, or potentially lose the warranty on the product.
As a result, some get rid of products and buy brand new ones instead.
Mr Biden’s directive is reportedly expected to mention mobile phone manufacturers, although the FTC will decide the size and scope of the order.
Your rights if you’ve got a faulty product
IF something you’ve bought has broken you may be able to get your money back.
The first step thing to do is to contact the retailer and manufacturer, and ask for a repair, replacement, or refund.
It doesn’t matter what the retailer’s return policy is or if the manufacturer has advised you not to return the item to the store.
If your item is still covered by warranty, you should be able to get a refund without major difficulties.
If a warranty has expired, you’re still likely covered for any problem you reported while the warranty still was in effect.
Meanwhile, if your item didn’t come with a warranty, you may be able to argue that it’s cover by an implied warranty.
Under implied warranty laws, you have the right to defect-free products for a reasonable time regardless of a store’s return policy.
If you’re not getting anywhere, you have additional protection if you’re a credit card user.
Alternatively, you can complain to the FTC.
It’s also expected to benefit farmers, who face expensive repair costs from tractor manufacturers, according to Bloomberg.
The reports come as the European Commission has announced plans for new right-to-repair rules that would govern phones, tablets and laptops.
Last week, the UK also introduced new rules that mean manufacturers of TVs, washing machines and fridges have to make it easier to repair them.
As of July 1, companies have to make spare parts for white goods and TVs available to consumers for the first time.
Meanwhile, tech firms have warned that lifting access could harm Americans – for example, with improperly installed batteries on gadgets.
Others often also cite the need to protect against intellectual property theft.
The executive order is expected to be released in the coming days, but the White House hasn’t yet confirmed exactly what it’ll include.
Brian Dees, White House economic adviser, last week said it’s designed to drive “greater competition in the economy, in service of lower prices for American families and higher wages for American workers”.
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