The regulators Americans are committed to making it easier for consumers and independent service shops to repair commercial products such as smartphones without having to rely on the manufacturers of those products, effectively supporting a principle known as the right to repair . On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission headed by President Lina Khan voted unanimously to condemn restrictions placed by manufacturers on products that make them more difficult to repair independently. The ruling commits the FTC to investigating restrictions that may be illegal under the country's antitrust laws as well as a key consumer protection law governing gaproduct guarantees, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. In a statement, FTC President Lina Khan pledged to use the agency 's full suite of tools to root out illegal repair restrictions. The move is a favorite with companies like Apple ( AAPL ) , which for years an criticized by defenders of the right to repair for shipping products with non-removable memory or batteries, or sealing devices with special glue. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the vote. provided support in a recent video message . The FTC vote also comes after the Biden administration released a radical executive decree this month on competition. The decree deals specifically with the right to repair and encourages the FTC to limit the ability of manufacturers to restrict independent repairs. Powerful equipment manufacturers, such as tractor manufacturers, use proprietary repair tools, software and diagnostics to prevent third parties from making repairs said a info sheet . For example, when certain tractors detect a failure, they stop working until a dealer unlocks them. This forces farmers to pay dealer rates for repairs they could have done on their own or that an independent repair shop could have done cheaply.its part, John Deere said in a statement that it upholds a customer's right to safely maintain, diagnose and repair their equipment. When customers buy from John Deere, they own the equipment and can choose to personally service or repair the product. The company added that it does not support the right to modify the product. embedded software due to the risks associated with safe equipment operation, emissions compliance and engine performance. The statement Wednesday's policy statement also commits the FTC to working with states to advance the goal of open repair markets. right to redress legislation, according to US advocacy group PIRG. Manufacturers, be forewarned: it's time to clean up your deed and leaveer people fix their things, said Nathan Proctor, senior campaign manager for the group 's Right to Repair initiative, in a statement. With the unanimous support of the Commissioners, there is a new sheriff in town. The FTC stands ready to act to stop many schemes used to undermine reparations, as support grows for new legislation to crack down.