WASHINGTON (Oct. 4, 2005) — Vehicle manufacturers and auto aftermarket groups missed their Sept. 30 deadline to reach a non-legislative agreement on granting independent repair shops full access to the same diagnostic and repair information auto makers give their franchised dealers.
According to a joint release from the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality, negotiators couldn't resolve their differences on the governance of the National Automotive Service Task Force, which was created in a September 2002 unilateral agreement between the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the auto manufacturers.
There also was no agreement on whether to allow independent garages the tools and software needed to repair vehicles with anti-theft immobilizer systems.
There was no immediate word on whether congressional sponsors of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act will now try to put that legislation on the fast track toward passage. An ASA spokesman said his association would have an official statement soon.