More and more Oregonians just want to fix the things they own.

A new report released by OSPIRG Foundation in August shows that nearly a quarter of Oregonians browsed the popular repair site, iFixit, last year, looking for guides and parts to repair their phones, laptops, tablets, vehicles and more. 

But of the 10 most popular manufacturers, Apple, Samsung, Sony and Microsoft still don’t provide adequate access to spare parts or the technical service information needed to repair their products.

“Throwing out a $1,000 smartphone because it needs a $40 battery is absurd," said OSPIRG Right to Repair Intern Marie Haefliger. "Manufacturers should provide better access to parts and information, and if they won’t, state leaders should step up and enact Right to Repair reforms.”

OSPIRG and our national network are working in states to build support for and to pass Right to Repair legislation.

Read the full report.

Photo: Some of the most popular manufacturers have made third-party and personal repairs nearly impossible for consumers. Right to Repair legislation could fix that. Credit: Soujirou via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0