BETHESDA, Md. (July 30, 2007) — Fourteen more legislators have signed on as co-sponsors for the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), bringing the list of Congressional backers to 19.
“The growing co-sponsor list for the Right to Repair Act demonstrates the commitment by many members of Congress to ensuring that their constituents, and not the large car companies, retain the ability to choose where to have their vehicle serviced and repaired,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the AAIA.
The act would institute penalties for auto makers that do not share repair and diagnostic information with independent auto repairers. The bill failed last year after many co-sponsors removed their support. Supporters are trying again with the 110th Congress under Democratic leadership.
Recent co-sponsors include: Reps. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), Robert Brady (D-Pa.), Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Julia Carson (D-Ind.), William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.), Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.).