Passage of federal “Right to Repair” bill encouraged
The Tire Industry Association applauded the passage of the Right to Repair law in Massachusetts and strongly urged Congress to pass a comparable federal law to ensure that all American car owners and repair shops have the same access to safety alerts and repair information as the franchised new car dealer network.
“Most new vehicles are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) to protect motorists from the dangers of operating a vehicle with underinflated tires. Because these systems are controlled by computers, we believe there is a critical need to swiftly pass the Right to Repair Act on a national level,” said Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association.
The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 1449) levels the competitive playing field for motoring consumers and between new car dealerships and independent repair shops by requiring that car companies provide full, fair access at a reasonable cost to all non-proprietary service information, tools, fault codes and safety-related bulletins needed to repair motor vehicles. The Right to Repair Act was introduced into the 112th Congress by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Todd Russell Platts (R-PA) and has reached 51 co-sponsors.
“Passage in Massachusetts is a good start, but without every repair facility having ready access to complete, accurate information from the car companies, it will be very difficult to keep all TPMS systems activated and in safe working condition,” continued Littlefield. “We support each car owner’s right to patronize the auto service facility of their choice. We ask all motorists to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to each of their congressional representatives, urging them to co-sponsor the Right to Repair Act.”