WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2003) — Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is seeking co-sponsors for the Motor Vehicles Owners' Right to Repair Act in a letter dated Jan. 28.
Sandy Bass-Cors, executive director of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equity (CARE), said 14 members of Congress have thus far lent their support. Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) also sent a letter Feb. 3 seeking support.
The act would require auto manufacturers to make vehicle diagnostic and repair information available to independent repair shops. In his letter, Rep. Barton said information distributed exclusively to auto makers' dealerships limits choice for consumers.
Some auto makers had promised to make the information available at a reasonable price by Aug. 31. But Ms. Bass-Cors said CARE and other groups wanted to pursue the legislation to make sure manufacturers fulfill their promise. She expects the bill, H.R. 2735, to be formally introduced in Congress this month.