Automobile Industry Excluded from Recent Oregon Right to Repair Legislation

As the Right to Repair movement spreads throughout the county, Oregon has enacted a consumer electronic equipment bill that was signed into law on March 27.

Consumer advocates have praised the latest version of this type of legislation, which will prevent companies from requiring equipment parts to be unlocked with encrypted software checks before they are fully functional.

However, the bill is narrowed to consumer electronics and explicitly excludes the automobile aftermarket from the bill’s protections. Section 1(3)(g)(A) of the bill states that it does not apply to “a person that is engaged in the business of manufacturing or assembling new motor vehicles or in the business of selling or leasing new motor vehicles and offering the services of diagnosing, maintaining or repairing motor vehicles or motor vehicles’ engines under the terms of a franchise agreement, or to the person’s products or services.”

If states consider the Right to Repair trend toward these blanket exclusions of motor vehicles, then the Right to Repair as it pertains to the auto repair industry will continue to play out within legislation tailored specifically for the motor vehicle industry.

In the meantime, Oregonians now hope to see an improved second-hand repair market for their consumer electronics.

For the full text of the new Oregon law, click here.

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