WASHINGTON (July 21, 2005) — Six new congressmen have signed on as co-sponsors of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, bringing the total to 31, said supporters of the legislation.
The new co-sponsors are Reps. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Ray LaHood, R-Ill., William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.; Edward Markey, D-Mass.; George Radanovich, R-Calif.; and James McGovern, D-Mass.
Supported by most major auto aftermarket associations, the Right to Repair Act would impose penalties on auto makers that don't provide independent auto repair shops with the same repair and diagnostic information they give their franchised dealers. The Automotive Service Association and major auto makers, however, insist the voluntary information sharing agreement they signed in September 2002 makes the bill unnecessary.