‘Right to Repair Act’ congressional
Bethesda, MD— Congressional
support for the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act
(H.R. 2048) has reached 87 sponsors, it was announced by Kathleen
Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry
The new representatives in support
of the bill are Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA),
John Lewis (D-GA), Martin Sabo (D-MN), Bob Etheridge (D-NC), Harold
Ford (D-TN), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Corrine Brown (D-FL) and
Jo Ann Davis (R-VA).
The “Right to Repair Act,”
which was introduced by Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX), Edolphus Towns
(D-NY) and Darrel Issa (R-CA), would require the car companies
to make the same service information and tools capabilities available
to independents that they provide their franchised dealer networks.
Architects of the “Right
to Repair Act” added new language this year to clarify that
car company trade secrets are protected unless that information
is provided to the franchised new car dealer. The new language
also clarifies the responsibilities of the Federal Trade Commission
in enforcing the bill’s requirements.
For more information about the
“Right to Repair Act” visi www.RightToRepair.org.