DES MOINES, Iowa Why aren't cars simpler to fix? Iowa's top law enforcement officials posed that question to the auto industry at a hearing held by the Auto Repair Task Force of the National Association of Attorneys General.
Car manu facturers replied that government regulations and consumer demands for sophisticated electronic equipment are the culprits. But Larry Hecker, president of the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association, said the problem is not cars, but who's fixing them. Increased mathematics and computer skills are necessary for modern mechanics, he pointed out, but schools still put little emphasis on teaching these subjects.