May 25, 2006
U.S. poll shows consumers want “right to repair” legislation
Alexandria, Virginia – A recent U.S. consumer poll shows that by a margin of four to one, consumers support a “right to repair” legislation that would allow drivers to choose their auto repair facility, and believe that car companies should make all repair information available to the vehicle owners. Currently, some proprietary computer codes and specialized tools make it difficult for independent garages to repair new vehicles.
“Members of Congress and the car companies should take notice that when people own their own property, in this case their vehicles, that they also want to choose what to do with it once they purchase their vehicles,” says David Parde, president of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE). “Legislation titled ‘The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act, HR 2048′, has been introduced into the House Energy and Commerce Committee by three members who serve on the Committee