BETHESDA, MD – October 14, 2010 – With crucial mid-term elections less than three weeks away, the Automotive Aftermarket0yndustry Association (AAIA) and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) want to thank the 76 members of Congress who have co-sponsored the Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act (S 3181/HR 2057).
“We want to acknowledge those members of Congress who have come out in support of small business and the individual rights of every American who owns or operates a motor vehicle,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of AAIA. “By co-sponsoring the pro-consumer and pro-small business Right to Repair Act, these members of Congress have demonstrated by their actions that they are committed to a competitive vehicle repair market. The Right to Repair Act ensures that all vehicle owners can continue to enjoy the convenience and affordability of having their vehicle serviced at the repair shop of their choice, whether at their neighborhood repair shop or a new car dealership.”
The Right to Repair Act protects motoring consumers from a growing and potentially hazardous vehicle repair monopoly by requiring that car companies provide full access at a reasonable cost to all non-proprietary service information, tools and safety-related bulletins needed to repair motor vehicles. The legislation provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets, only requiring them to make available the same diagnostic and repair information they provide their franchised dealers to the independent vehicle repair market. A broad group of state and national consumer and industry organizations support passage of right to repair legislation including AAA, American Military Society, Automotive Recyclers Association, National Grange, Motorcycle Riders Foundation, RetireSafe and 60 Plus.