FTC Votes to Enforce Right to Repair Laws

Aug. 9, 2021

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to enforce Right to Repair laws, "thereby ensuring that U.S. consumers will be able to repair their own electronic and automotive devices," according to the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

"The five-to-one vote signals the commission's commitment to enforce both federal antitrust laws and a key law around consumer warranties - the Magnusson Moss Warranty Act - when it comes to personal device repairs.

"The vote, which was led by new FTC chair and known tech critic Lina Khan, also comes 12 days after President Joe Biden signed a broad executive order aimed at promoting competition in the U.S. economy.

"A portion of it encouraged the FTC, which operates as an independent agency, to create new rules that would prevent companies from restricting repair options for consumers."