WASHINGTONBoth the Massachusetts and New Jersey legislatures have taken recent action on their versions of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act.
The Massachusetts Assembly passed H3757 under a suspension of the rules Nov. 13, and referred it the next day to the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
H3757 requires vehicle makers doing business in Massachusetts to make available for sale to vehicle owners and independent shops the same repair and diagnostic information they make available to their dealers, beginning with vehicles for model year 2002.
Starting with model year 2018, it also requires auto makers to provide access to their diagnostic and repair information systems to any owner or repair shop with an off-the-shelf personal computer.
That bill is a reconciliation between legislation passed by the state legislature July 31, 2012, and the more strongly worded measure passed by a Massachusetts voter referendum in November 2012 with 86 percent of the vote.
The Consumer Affairs Committee of the New Jersey Assembly passed A4336 on Nov. 18 by a 3-1 vote, sending the bill to the full assembly.
A4336 also would require auto makers to offer repair and diagnostic data on model year 2002-and-later vehicles to owners and independent shops, and require easy access to diagnostic and repair information systems by model year 2018.