TRENTON, N.J. (Oct. 20, 2006) — The Consumer Affairs Committee of the New Jersey Assembly has unanimously passed a version of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act.
The bill creates a first-time penalty of $10,000 for any auto maker that fails to make auto repair information available to independent auto repairers and do-it-yourselfers, and $20,000 for each subsequent penalty. It also provides auto repair shops and motorists with the right to file civil suits for repair information unavailability.
“Not only does this give a boost to the federal bill, but once consumers have access to their repair information, they're not going to want to turn the clock back,” said Sandy Bass-Cors, executive director of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality.
There is no word of when the Right to Repair bill will reach the assembly floor, and supporters of the legislation are trying to get a companion bill introduced in the New Jersey Senate.
The Tire Industry Association, the American Automobile Association and the National Federation of Independent Business are among the bill's supporters.