Right to Repair Rules are Coming to the EU for a Range of Home Appliances

By Shabana Arif on at

From 2021, manufacturers of lighting, dishwashers, washing machines, and fridges are going to have to cut the crap and make products that don't break just out of warranty and can be easily repaired.

The new 'right to repair' legislation is coming into effect in the EU and dictates that manufacturers will have to make spare parts for their products available to professionals to carry out repairs - as opposed to consumers - and they need to be accessible without the need for specialist tools and without breaking the appliance in the process.

Not only will this serve to make repairs less of a royal pain in the bum, but green activists are also pleased with the news, with the UK Green Alliance's Libby Peake saying, "these new standards are a massive step in the right direction and could result in nearly 50 million tonnes of CO2 emissions savings.”

The only complaint here seems to be that consumers can't give it a go themselves when their shit breaks down, but that raises issues of risk and liability that no one wants to wade into right now. [BBC News]

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