Bethesda, Maryland – U.S. Congressional support for the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act has reached 51 sponsors, with three more representatives lending support. The Act would require automakers to make complete and accurate information, including safety alerts and repair information, available to aftermarket repair shops as they do with the franchised new car dealer network. The Act also provides car companies with strong protection for their trade secrets, unless that information is provided to franchised dealers.

“We applaud the three new co-sponsors for their support of this vital piece of legislation,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association. “As the cost of vehicle ownership soars due to higher fuel costs, the need for the Right to Repair Act has become more critical in order to protect consumers from the added costs that would be created by a vehicle repair monopoly.”

A similar Right to Repair action in Canada can be found at

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