WASHINGTON (Jan. 4, 2005) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to audit the Web sites of auto makers to ensure they are providing independent technicians with all the information they need to repair emissions-related equipment on cars and light trucks.
In June 2003 the EPA ordered original equipment manufacturers to provide independent technicians with the ability to use vehicles' onboard diagnostic systems for emissions equipment—the same as they do for their franchised car dealers. The agency now seeks feedback from technicians on their experiences with the Web sites. It has formed a 15-member Steering Committee for that purpose, consisting of representatives from OEMs, tool companies, repair facilities and aftermarket associations.
More about the evaluation process is available on the committee's own Web site, www.oemaudit.com.