Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions will focus on how manufacturers may limit repairs by consumers and repair shops and whether those limitations affect consumer protection, including consumers’ rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
Proposed legislation to advance the right-to-repair agenda sweeps the equipment industry into potential regulatory compliance with unintended, negative consequences. Far West Equipment Dealers Association, working with the Equipment Dealers Association and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, educates lawmakers and consumers about these consequences.
Tinkering with tractors has taken on new life in the face of technology. Increased productivity and reduced downtime replace the simplicity of hands-on repairs. This evolution brought about by technology sparked the heated debate over a customer’s Right-to-Repair equipment taking the country by storm.
Given the ease of acquiring the applications necessary to modify power and emissions features across the equipment and vehicle industry, many people seem surprised to find it’s a violation of the Clean Air Act to manufacture, sell or install parts that bypass, defeat or render inoperative any emissions control device.
The equipment industry is committed to providing the necessary tools to diagnose and repair equipment to reduce downtime and increase productivity.
As farm equipment becomes more high-tech and computerized, diagnosing and fixing even simple problems often requires farmers to rely on equipment dealers’ shops to do the work, resulting in longer downtimes and lost productivity.
Far West Equipment Dealers Association signed an agreement with the California Farm Bureau Federation memorializing an industry commitment to support customers in diagnosing and repairing their equipment.
Equipment dealers sat down with lawmakers and staffers during FWEDA’s Dealer Day at the Sacramento Capital April 4 to outline the potential negative consequences of the proposed California Right to Repair Act, AB 2110. Bill sponsor Susan Eggman withdrew the bill the following week. Far West followed the day by drafting an agreement based on the industry’s statement of principles calling for California’s equipment industry to work cooperatively with the state’s Farm Bureau to implement solutions without legislation.
Far West equipment dealers convinced Wyoming legislators in February that WY HB 91, the “Right to Repair Farm Equipment,” would have unintended, negative consequences as written.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement with Derive Systems (Derive) to address the sale of approximately 363,000 aftermarket products designed to defeat the emissions control systems of cars and trucks in violation of the Clean Air Act.
Motor vehicle engines and off-road vehicles and engines must meet CAA emissions standards. These standards apply to cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles and engines, generators, farm and construction machines, lawn and garden equipment, marine engines and locomotives. In addition, the composition of fuels used to operate mobile sources, including gasoline, diesel, ethanol, biodiesel and blends of these fuels, are also regulated under the CAA.
Members of the Ag Sector Board of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the board of directors of the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) have agreed to make a series of diagnostic and repair tools available to end users of tractors and combines put into service by 2021.
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