WASHINGTON (March 1, 2004) — The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) is spearheading the drive to gain support on Capitol Hill and among the general public for the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, according to aftermarket spokespersons in Washington.
As of Feb. 13, the AAIA said in a press release, some 80 members of the House of Representatives had signed on as co-sponsors to the bill, including 13 members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill. Also, more than 16,800 letters supporting the bill have reached Congress, and independent repair shops around the U.S. have gathered more than 168,000 signatures from customers on petitions calling for passage of the legislation.
The Right to Repair Act—for which no congressional hearings are yet scheduled—mandates sanctions against auto makers that don't make auto repair and diagnostic information just as readily available to independent repairers as they do to their dealers. However, most major car makers have set up Web sites containing diagnostic data.