WASHINGTON-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association is continuing its crusade against a proposed warranty extension for certain auto emissions control devices. In a May 9 letter to Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Donald T. Wilson, NTDRA director of government relations, complained about the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to extend an eight-year/80,000-mile warranty on auto emissions control equipment beyond the catalytic converter, electronic emissions control unit and onboard emissions diagnostic device.
Extending the 8/80 warranty to hoses, wires, seals, gaskets and controllers violates the Clean Air Act compromise reached among Congress, automakers and the automotive aftermarket, according to Mr. Wilson.
The EPA recommended the 8/80 warranty extension in a recent internal document. The auto aftermarket opposes any extension of this warranty, fearing it will tie vehicles and their owners for eight years to auto dealers' service departments.
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