Right To Repair

Petitioners to EPA: Investigate John Deere’s repair restrictions

PIRG and allies in the Right to Repair movement delivered more than 10,000 petitions to the EPA.

Food & farming

An advocate holds a green and yellow sign that says
Michael Lim | TPIN
PIRG, Repair.org and iFixit delivered 10,130 petitions to the EPA office in Chicago.

John Deere’s repair restrictions appear to violate the Clean Air Act, and the public wants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do something about it.

PIRG, Repair.org and iFixit delivered 10,130 petition signatures to the EPA on Thursday. “Not only are Deere’s repair restrictions bad for farmers — they appear to be illegal,” the petition states. “The Clean Air Act requires that makers of nonroad engines, including those in tractors and combines, ‘state clearly in your written maintenance instructions that a repair shop or person of the owner’s choosing may maintain, replace, or repair emission-control devices and systems.'”

Illinois PIRG Director Abe Scarr speaks at a podium. Repair.org Board Member Willie Cade holds a box of 10,130 petition signature to his left. On Abe's right is another advocate holding a Right to Repair sign.
Michael Lim | TPIN
"Deere seems to be plowing through laws that require farmers to have repair choices," Illinois PIRG Director Abe Scarr said at a press conference outside of EPA's Chicago office.

The groups originally raised the alarm when they initially called on EPA to investigate this issue. Now, the public is joining in by telling the EPA to, “support farmers and the environment by investigating John Deere’s repair restrictions and taking necessary action to bring the company into compliance with emissions law.”

PIRG Right to Repair Campaign Director speaks at a podium in front of a National Farmers Union backdrop.
Kevin O'Reilly

Former Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair, PIRG

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