RetireSafe Again Urges Passage of Right to Repair Act on Behalf of Seniors

Mar 08, 2010, 14:43 ET from Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association

BETHESDA, Md., March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- RetireSafe, a grassroots senior advocacy organization, once again declares its support of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) and strongly urges Congress to pass the legislation on behalf of its nearly 400,000 senior citizen supporters nationwide.

"Few consumer bills are as important to seniors as the Right to Repair Act," said Thair Phillips, president of RetireSafe. "Older Americans often live on a fixed income and many rely on trusted, reasonably-priced neighborhood repair shops to keep their vehicles serviced, repaired and operating safely."

Phillips stressed that with thousands of car dealers closed, and many others closing, independent repair shops are critical to keep seniors on the road.

The Right to Repair Act ensures that seniors can continue to enjoy the affordability and convenience of having their vehicles serviced locally. The bill makes certain that car owners, not car companies, retain the choice of where to take the vehicle for service by requiring equal access to repair information, safety bulletins and tools from vehicle manufacturers.

"Without the Right to Repair Act, seniors may find their independence severely compromised if they are forced to go to a car dealer for service and repairs, particularly if there is no dealership in their area," continued Phillips. "Worse yet, they may decide to forgo critical safety repairs because the distance to a dealership is too great. We strongly encourage vehicle owners to make their voices heard by visiting and sending a letter to their U.S. Representative in support of the Right to Repair Act."

About RetireSafe:

RetireSafe is a grassroots advocacy organization representing nearly 400,000 older Americans nationwide, united in the belief that individual control and personal choice are the keys to retirement security. RetireSafe promotes dynamic solutions to America's retirement security challenges and is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the options, benefits, and lives of older Americans. For more information, visit

About Right to Repair:

The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, which was introduced by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and George Miller (D-CA), would require car companies to make the same service information and tools capabilities available to independent repair shops that they provide to their franchised dealer networks. The legislation further provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets unless that information is provided to the franchised new car dealers. The bill clarifies the responsibilities of the Federal Trade Commission in enforcing the bill's requirements. For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit

SOURCE Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association