Groups accuse John Deere of violating the Clean Air Act
Two right-to-repair groups have called on the EPA to investigate John Deere. They say the manufacturer is violating the Clean Air Act by not allowing independent repair on its equipment’s emissions systems.
The Clean Air Act requires non-road diesel engine manufacturers to apply and get a certificate of conformity for an engine family, which expires every year.
At least 16 class action suits have been filed against John Deere by farmers accusing them of monopolizing the repair market.
“John Deere equipment is manufactured to the highest engineering standards to maximize performance while protecting the safety and health of our customers and the environment. While we support the customers’ right to maintain and repair their products, we do not support customers modifying embedded software due to risks related to safety, emissions compliance, and the uncertainty it creates in the aftermarket,” said the company.
Deere said it already offers farmers a variety of tools to help repair and maintain their equipment.