iFixit covers the just-released US Federal Trade Commission report calling out manufacturers for restricting consumer repair capabilities and debunking common arguments against the right to repair. The FTC found that companies are illegally voiding warranties in violation of the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, and it is considering more stringent enforcement of the law and additional rules to make it easier for owners to repair their own devices or take them to independent repair shops.
One common argument from manufacturers is that they make repairs more difficult to prevent consumers from hurting themselves. The FTC disagreed with that assessment, finding that making repairs harder actually makes independent repair less safe. The FTC also didn’t buy arguments that independent repair threatens customer security or opens manufacturers up to liability, having found no evidence of either. Finally, the FTC noted that repair restrictions that limit the business of independent repair shops cause harm to local economies and disproportionately hurt the poor and minorities.