Right to Repair is back on the table in California in 2023, with two bills: SB 244, which would require electronics and appliance manufacturers to make parts, tools, and documentation available to independent shops and product owners. SB271 focuses on powered wheelchair users—91% of whom have had to get their chairs repaired in the last year, and due to manufacturer repair restrictions are often forced to wait as much as 7 weeks, according to a PIRG investigation.
Californians already have some of the strongest repair protections in the country. The Song-Beverly Warranty Act guarantees that manufacturers will make repair facilities available for 3 years for products that cost $50-$99.99, and for 7 years for products that cost over $100. SB244 would apply to the same sets of products, with the same terms—but end manufacturers’ repair monopolies and restore competition in the repair market, making repair cheaper and more accessible for everybody.
SB271 is based on the powered wheelchair bill that passed in Colorado last year, the first Right to Repair bill to pass in the United States since 2012. California wheelchair users should have the same right to get their mobility devices fixed at the shop of their choice—or buy the parts and do the repairs themselves.
Tell your legislators why repair matters to you. What have you struggled to fix? How would these bills help?
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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 California!