By John Stewart on Monday, 04 May 2009
Category: MUIRNet News

Right To Repair Legislation Gains Support

Five More Members of Congress Support 'Right to Repair' Legislation - Reps. Boucher, Gerlach, Rogers, Shuler and Welch Co-Sponsor HR 2057

BETHESDA, Md., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following the recent introduction of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) into the 111th Congress, the bill gained five more co-sponsors last week, according to Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).

Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Mike Rogers (R-AL), Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Peter Welch (D-VT) have joined bill's original co-sponsors, Reps. Towns (D-NY), Eshoo (D-CA) and Miller (D-CA).

"Within a week of the bill's introduction, the inclusion of these five members of Congress from both sides of the aisle signals growing support in Congress for the Right to Repair Act," said Schmatz. "We applaud their commitment to ensuring that motorists in their districts retain the choice of where to have their vehicles serviced and repaired."

Because vehicles are becoming increasingly sophisticated with virtually every system either monitored or controlled by computers, servicing these vehicle systems to keep them in safe working condition requires ready access to complete and accurate information from the car companies. The Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) was introduced in Congress to ensure that car owners and their trusted repair shops have the same access to safety alerts and repair information as the franchised new car dealer network.

"Right to Repair has become more important than ever as motorists seek new neighborhood repair shops because a dealership has closed in their area," continued Schmatz. "This important piece of legislation ensures that local auto repair remains available to car owners throughout the country."

About Right to Repair:

The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, which was introduced by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and George Miller (D-CA), would require car companies to make the same service information and tools capabilities available to independent repair shops that they provide their to their franchised dealer networks. The legislation further provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets unless that information is provided to the franchised new car dealers. The bill clarifies the responsibilities of the Federal Trade Commission in enforcing the bill's requirements. For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.righttorepair.org.

SOURCE: Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association

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