FTC revs up ‘right to repair’ fight with Harley-Davidson agreement

FTC revs up ‘right to repair’ fight with Harley-Davidson agreement
FTC revs up ‘right to repair’ fight with Harley-Davidson agreement

WASHINGTON – Harley-Davidson and a Westinghouse generator maker have agreed to drop some restrictions on who repairs their merchandise, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission mentioned on Thursday.

The company voted final 12 months to make it a precedence to push producers to cease requiring shoppers to use licensed sellers to restore objects starting from smartphones to farm gear. Critics say the observe raises costs for shoppers and shuts out unbiased restore outlets.

The FTC mentioned in its criticism towards Harley-Davidson, which was launched concurrently the consent agreement, that it had objected to language utilized by the motorbike maker resembling “the use of parts and service procedures other than Harley-Davidson approved parts and service procedures may void the limited warranty.”

Under the agreement, Harley-Davidson agreed that it will not void warranties as a result of the client used third-party components or unauthorized service facilities.

Outdoor generator maker MWE Investments, a part of Westinghouse Electric Corp, made an analogous agreement with the FTC.

Right-to-repair was a part of a sweeping government order that President Joe Biden signed final summer season geared toward selling extra competitors within the financial system. The order addressed complaints as disparate as non-compete clauses in employee contracts and excessive costs for listening to aids. learn extra

Neither Harley-Davidson nor Westinghouse instantly responded to a request for remark.

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