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Vermont Task Force Hears Testimony from PRBA Executive Director on Dangers of Unauthorized Electronics Repairs

Stories of exploding batteries provided a gripping illustration for policymakers at a Monday morning hearing on the sometimes abstract concept of “right to repair.”

“You’ve all seen the videos on YouTube of a hoverboard catching on fire,” George Kerchner, a lobbyist from the Rechargeable Battery Association, said to the lawmakers and state officials on a right to repair task force on Monday. Heads nodded in agreement.

“You’re talking about temperatures of 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit; that’s our concern with unauthorized repair,” Kerchner said. “Consumers, unauthorized facilities pulling cells out and not fully understanding the risks is a very significant concern.”

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