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Today in Repair


July 13, 2022
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BMW’s Push To Make Heated Seats A $18 Per Month Subscription Portends A Dumb And Costly Future

BMW's heated seat subscription option is part of the company’s “Connected Drive” program, and is already reality in Korea, the UK, New Zealand, Germany, and South Africa. It hasn’t come to the U.S. yet, but it’s fairly obvious that it’s likely to, eventually. In this case, the technological capacity for heated seats already exists in the car. The manufacturer has already factored these costs into the base price. And they’re effectively charging you a premium simply to turn on technology that already exists and, frankly, you’ve probably already paid for.

That opens the door to an arms race with hackers and modders, with the right to repair (something you already own) debate waiting in the periphery. And the FTC watching you like a hawk, waiting to see if companies make enabling something you already own a warranty violation. (Tech Dirt)

Indian Government Creating Right to Repair Framework

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs is set to create a 'Right to Repair' under an existing statutory framework known as the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA). A committee, likely to be headed by the additional secretary of the consumer affairs ministry, will be set up to look into the framework. A report from the committee is expected within six weeks.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has been receiving complaints that many gadgets, electronic products usually do not function properly as the regular updates or software updates are not able to be updated. For example the mobile phones, tabs, iPads, etc... after two-three years of, then the software updates are not able to be stored or updated . In such cases the that particular model of mobile, iPad, etc... are forced to be changed or to buy a new one. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs with 'right to repair' aims to reduce such practice and this reduce the e waste. (ET NOW)
 
set to come up with 'Right To Repair' under the Statutory Framework of CCPA. Under new rules, consumers can't be forced to change or buy new products by manufacturer in return for faulty products/items.
 
set to come up with 'Right To Repair' under the Statutory Framework of CCPA. Under new rules, consumers can't be forced to change or buy new products by manufacturer in return for faulty products/items.
 
is set to come up with 'Right To Repair' under the Statutory Framework of CCPA. Under new rules, consumers can't be forced to change or buy new products by manufacturer in return for faulty products/items.
 
Read more at:
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/soon-you-wont-have-to-exchange-a-faulty-product-with-a-new-one-here-are-the-details/articleshow/92849597.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign= ..
 
set to come up with 'Right To Repair' under the Statutory Framework of CCPA. Under new rules, consumers can't be forced to change or buy new products by manufacturer in return for faulty products/items
 

FTC Announced Third Right to Repair Action in Three Weeks

The FTC is focused on ensuring that consumers have options when it comes to repairing products. In 2019, they held a workshop to discuss manufacturer restrictions on repair rights. In a 2021 report, they concluded there was “scant evidence to support manufacturers’ justifications for repair restrictions.” After that, they issued a Policy Statement calling for more aggressive enforcement against manufacturers that impose these restrictions. Two weeks ago, we posted about settlements with Harley-Davidson and Westinghouse. Last week, the FTC announced a third settlement, this one involving Weber.

According to the FTC, Weber’s warranty included terms that conveyed that the warranty is void if customers use or install third-party parts on their grill products. For example, the warranty on certain Summit grills stated: “[t]he use and/or installation of parts on your WEBER products that are not genuine WEBER parts will void this warranty, and any damages that result hereby are not covered by this warranty.” These types of restrictions violate the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, which broadly prohibits companies from conditioning a consumer product warranty on the consumer’s use of any article or service which is identified by brand name unless it is provided for free. Companies can, however, exclude warranty coverage for defects or damage caused by unauthorized parts or service. (adlawaccess.com)

(Unpopular) Opinion: ‘Right To Repair’: A Misguided Populist Movement

“Right to repair” advocates describe their effort as a movement based on respect for fundamental property rights. But it’s also possible that there’s a hidden agenda at work: a backdoor effort to attack Big Tech using the bogus rationale of consumer protection.

A far better approach to the delays and other repair issues experienced by power-wheelchair users is to improve outdated billing practices, reduce bureaucracy, reform public and private insurance, and increase reimbursement rates. Fixing the existing regulatory system makes far better sense than enacting legislation that will stifle innovation and potentially endanger power-wheelchair users. (Daily Caller)

Coca-Cola, TerraCycle and others face fresh greenwashing backlash in new report

Major brands and retailers are once again being accused of greenwashing their plastic packaging, with a new interactive website set up by the Changing Markets Foundation describing how companies like Coca-Cola, P&G, Sainsbury’s and TerraCycle dupe consumers into believing their products are environmentally sustainable. 

Displayed on Greenwash.com – over a dozen plastics companies were found making sustainability claims without proof, most commonly about how products are created with “ocean-bound” or recyclable properties.  George Harding-Rolls, campaign manager at Changing Markets Foundations, remarks: “Our latest investigation exposes a litany of misleading and mendacious claims from household names consumers should be able to trust.” 

“This is just the tip of the iceberg, and it is of crucial importance that regulators take this issue seriously. The industry is happy to gloat its green credentials with little substance on the one hand while continuing to perpetuate the plastic crisis on the other.”  (Packaging Insights)

ThredUp, Rent the Runway, The RealReal Rally For Reuse Reform

ThredUp, Rent the Runway, The RealReal and eight other reuse and rental providers are banding together to create a vision for the future of textile waste policy.

The American Circular Textiles (ACT) policy group’s roots lie with New York’s Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act. First introduced in October, the proposed legislation—the bill is currently sitting in committee—would require brands and retailers making at least $100 million in revenue and conducting business in New York to divulge their environmental and social impacts and establish binding science-based targets in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree goal. These businesses would also have to map at least half of their supply chain, disclose the annual volume of material produced and reveal the median pay of their supply-chain workers as measured against local minimum and living wages. (Sourcing Journal)
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