ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "In its zeal to
kill a pro-motoring consumer/pro-small business bill in Oklahoma, and to
seal its relationship with the car companies, the Automotive Service
Association (ASA) has misrepresented the recently introduced Motor Vehicle
Owners' Right to Repair Act to its Oklahoma membership, wrongly stating
that the Right to Repair Act will "depend on a state government agency and
the Oklahoma court system to assist repairers in acquiring automotive
service information," stated David Parde, president, the Coalition for Auto
Repair Equality (CARE).
"ASA has contradicted itself in its own press release, dated January
30, 2007, and has inadvertently made the argument FOR passage of the Motor
Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, HB 1584. The legislation only mandates
court action by consumers or repair facilities if the car companies do not
release the entire necessary repair information to the vehicle owners and
repair shops. Does ASA believe that the car companies allegedly plan not to
comply once the bill becomes law, forcing consumers and shops to go to
court? The state agency with jurisdiction is the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle
"Falling back on its association with the car companies' clearinghouse
called the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), ASA states in
its release that they are 'working through the voluntary National
Automotive Service Task Force to assure repairers timely service
information via the automaker web sites.'
"However, ASA member Steve Brotherton, who testified in Congress
against the Right to Repair Act and for NASTF, has now publicly stated that
NASTF doesn't work and never will.
"NASTF is car company founded, funded and monitored. It's the classic
fox watching over the chicken coup," stated Parde.
The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, HB 1584, allows
motorists to choose where, how and by whom to have their vehicles repaired,
whose parts they wish to purchase, even work on their vehicles themselves.
Known by the abbreviated title of the "Right to Repair Act," the
legislation protects car companies' proprietary information while allowing
Sponsored by State Rep. Lucky Lamons (D-Tulsa), the legislation answers
the needs of motoring consumers who more and more find themselves turned
away from their repair shop of choice and told to return to the car
dealership. The bill is a win-win for Oklahoma's motoring consumers, the
nearly 3,000 Oklahoma aftermarket shops, the Oklahoma economy and jobs, and
"ASA is the only aftermarket association who broke with its aftermarket
brothers and sided with the car companies on the Right to Repair Act. ASA
is committing a disservice to its membership by not helping them to obtain
all of the necessary repair information, and it's doing an even bigger
disservice to its membership by misrepresenting the legislation," concluded
The national Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, HR 2048, passed
its first hurdle in May 2006, in the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and
Consumer Protection. Due to the congressional calendar the bill didn't move
into the next phase. The national "Right to Repair Act" will be
reintroduced in this Congress.
SOURCE Coalition for Auto Repair Equality