On December 28, 2023, New York’s “Right to Repair” law will go into effect, giving you new rights when it comes to repairing your electronic devices.
For repairs on devices bought on or after July 1, 2023 – cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. – you can select local, independent repair shops, or have access to the information, tools, and parts necessary to repair electronics yourself rather than being forced to use the manufacturer’s costly repair service.
The US Public Interest Research Group estimates that New York families will save up to $330 a year just by repairing (rather than replacing) devices at independent repair shops, which can, for example, replace a battery or cracked cell phone screen. What's more, those repaired devices will stay out of the landfill, helping us all cut down on e-waste.
We want to know if this new law is working for you! Have you tried to repair an electronic device? Go out and repair and let us know how it goes by signing up for opportunities to share your experience.
If you’re looking for resources to fix your electronics, check out these repair guides from our partners at iFixit.