However, so-called “right to repair” activists have started to misinform end users, causing some to steal proprietary embedded code and modify software in a way that violates environmental and safety laws. What right to repair really is an attempt to have right to do wrong – and it’s wrong for the agriculture equipment industry.
This is what the law says. The Clean Air Act (CAA) prohibits any person to manufacture or sell, or offer to sell, or install, any part or component intended for use with, or as part of, any motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine, where a principal effect of the part or component is to bypass, defeat, or render inoperative any device or element of design installed on or in a motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine in compliance with regulations, and where the person knows or should know that such part or component is being offered for sale or installed for such use or put to such use.
According to the CAA, the law also prohibits any person to from removing or rendering inoperative any device or element of design installed on or in a motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine in compliance with regulations prior to its sale and delivery to the ultimate purchaser, or for any person knowingly to remove or render inoperative any such device or element of design after such sale and delivery to the ultimate purchaser. These regulations, in essence, prohibit the sale or installation of “defeat” (sometimes called “chipping”) devices which are designed to bypass emissions systems or the tampering with emissions systems in order to disable them.