Congressional support for the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2694) is growing, says Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). Last week, two more members signed on to show their support for the bill; now, three more supporters have joined a growing list of the bill's sponsors. The bill's latest advocates include Reps. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Carol Shea (D-N.H.) and Ike Skelton (D-Mo.).
"We want to thank Reps. Neal, Shea and Skelton for supporting of this important piece of legislation," says Schmatz. "The growing momentum of support for the Right to Repair Act demonstrates the commitment by many members of Congress to ensuring that their constituents, and not the large car companies, retain the choice of where to have their vehicle 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 Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2694) 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.
A complete list of co-sponsors and a copy of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2694) can be found online.