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Household appliances easier to repair under new EU rules
07 October 2019 @ 18:10

New EU rules just announced, and due to come into force in April 2021, will ensure that household appliances will last longer and use less water and electricity.

The legislation has been prompted by complaints from consumers across Europe frustrated by machines that break down when they are just out of warranty - the planned obsolescence controversy.

Under the EU's new standards, manufacturers will have to make spare parts, such as door gaskets and thermostats, available for a period of up to ten years.

But campaigners for the "right to repair" say they do not go far enough as only professionals - not consumers - will be able carry out the repairs. Campaigners say individual consumers should also be allowed to buy spares and mend their own machines. But manufacturers said this would raise questions about risk and liability.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com

 



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DJF42 said:
12 October 2019 @ 15:49

Once again the "nanny state" has decreed that most EU residents are unable to think or repair anything by themselves.
I for one would love the opportunity to be able to buy spares and repair my own domestic appliances with very little risk of harming myself or others.
Quiet rightly, if you do not have the aptitude, then allow tradesmen to do the repair but, also allow those who can to do.

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