ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Thanks to
America's five major consumer organizations, which have dedicated their
work to keeping consumers safer, competition alive and the environment
clean, 'The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act' will have an
additional boost for passage," stated David Parde, president, The Coalition
for Auto Repair Equality (CARE).
The letter of the consumer groups' endorsement, jointly signed by the
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; Center for Auto Safety; Consumers
for Auto Reliability and Safety; Consumer Federation of America; and Public
Citizen, have endorsed HR 2694, The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair
Act, by stating that, "the ability to quickly and easily repair
computerized vehicle systems is crucial for the safe operation of a
"Under the bill, vehicle owners will also be able to choose, on cost
and reliability grounds, between competing repair facilities and
aftermarket parts. Consumer and independent service sector access to
vehicle maintenance information will in turn greatly enhance overall public
safety and the environmental effort to clean up our air," continued the
Parde added to the consumers organizations' statement by stating that
"'The Right to Repair Act' is about the ability of motoring consumers to
actually own their vehicles' repair information, which should have been
included with the purchase of the vehicle. Vehicles that are now out of
warranty should not be forced back to the higher-priced car dealerships for
repair work unless the consumer chooses that venue."
The consumer organizations' endorsement of 'The Right to Repair Act'
says, "we request that FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, uphold her
commitment to American consumers through the development of sound antitrust
policy and strict enforcement in this area. We are committed to work with
Chairman Majoras in order to provide to American consumers the advantages
of robust competition in access to automotive repair facilities," continued
the letter, which concluded with thanking sponsors of 'The Right to Repair
Act' for their leadership and urging other Members of Congress to cosponsor
and support 'The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act of 2007."
The joint consumer letter was signed by the leaders of the five major
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Center for Auto Safety
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Consumer Federation of America
The automotive aftermarket employs five million people nationwide in
over 495,000 locations, including "mom and pop" shops.
SOURCE Coalition for Auto Repair Equality