WASHINGTON (April 25, 2008)—Industry associations are continuing their zealous advocacy either for or against the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, which would create criminal sanctions against auto makers that don't make the same repair and diagnostic information available to independent auto repairers as they do to franchised dealers.
The Automotive Service Association has created a new information campaign, “Open for Business,” which seeks to counter the argument by advocates of the Right to Repair Act that only franchised dealers have access to repair information.
Independent repairers, the ASA said, have auto maker Web sites and third-party information providers as sources of information, and these Web sites also are listed on the Web site of the National Automotive Service Task Force, www.NASTF.org.
Meanwhile, the Tire Industry Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association continue their vocal support of the Right to Repair Act. Computer-controlled tire pressure monitoring systems make it imperative for tire dealers that the Right to Repair Act is enacted, according to Roy Littlefield, TIA executive vice president.
“Keeping these systems updated and in safe working condition requires ready access to complete and accurate information from the car companies,” Mr. Littlefield said in an article in the AAIA Web newsletter, AutoFacts.
Right to Repair legislation is being pursued in several states. The latest federal version of bill, introduced by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., currently has 45 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.