September 9th, 2019
The Right to Repair Act is bipartisan legislation that would require automakers to provide the same service information and tools to independent auto and maintenance shops, as well as to consumers, that the automaker dealership service centers receive. It further instructs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide oversight and enforcement of the bill. As a means of protecting intellectual property, the legislation states that the manufacturers’ proprietary information will not have to be disclosed. Right to Repair legislation does not attempt to restrict motorists from choosing car dealerships, it simply ensures that vehicle owners have a choice when deciding where to take their vehicles for repairs and what parts are best to use in maintaining their vehicles. The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality urge Congress to support the Right to Repair Act to give consumers a choice and keep repair costs down. It’s the right thing to do for consumers, for business and the economy. Global Right to Repair The European Union has passed Right to Repair and an aggressive effort is currently underway in Canada. Right to repair is clearly a global issue whose time has come.
WHAT RIGHT TO REPAIR DOES
It reaffirms the owners’ right to repair their automobile and keep their families safe. Promotes consumer safety by allowing owners or their auto technicians’ access to the computers that control the systems and components that affect the safe operation of their automobiles. Permits owners to choose the repair shop and the replacement parts to service and maintain their vehicles. Authorizes the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to promulgate regulations to protect consumers and to promote competition in auto maintenance and repair.
WHAT IT DOES NOT DO
It does not take a manufacturer’s intellectual property. It does not affect the dealer’s warranty agreement with the vehicle manufacturers. It does not require manufacturers to disclose manufacturing processes or trade secrets.