Five U.S. states considering legislation for the right to repair electronicsPhoto: Stephen Downes, Flickr (Creative Commons)

Lawmakers in the U.S. states Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts and Kansas have introduced legislation that would protect the right to repair electronics.

Five U.S. states considering legislation for the right to repair electronicsPhoto: Stephen Downes, Flickr (Creative Commons)

This would make repair easier for consumers and independent repair shops, as manufacturers would have to sell replacement parts and release their diagnostic and service manuals.

Independent repair shops in the US currently resort to the Chinese market or recycled devices to obtain spare parts for their reparations. The legislators who introduced the bill in New York argued that the inability to repair broken electronics for an affordable price creates more e-waste than necessary.

A bill that enshrines the right to repair would help consumers to make their phones, computers, dishwashers, and all kinds of other electronic devices, last longer. Read more here.