Wisconsin Motoring Consumers & Aftermarket Now Have Ability to Purchase & Sell R-134a Refrigerant in Smaller Containers, Said CARE

Apr 10, 2012, 15:28 ET from Coalition for Auto Repair Equality

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Until recently, Wisconsin was the last state to continue to ban the sale of the refrigerant 134a in containers that are less than 15 pounds, forcing consumers to cross into border states to purchase the refrigerant in the smaller containers, causing them inconvenience and the state of Wisconsin a loss in revenue," stated Sandy Bass-Cors, executive director, The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE).

Governor Scott Walker (R) signed Senate Bill 370 into law in March, making the law effective on April 17, 2012.  The common refrigerant, 134a was the choice of car companies for the replacement of R-12, that was banned nationwide in the mid-1990s because of ozone depleting concerns.  Car companies stated that R-134a was their refrigerant of choice because it doesn't have a negative impact on the ozone and would require only minimal changes in vehicles' air conditioning designs.

"Wisconsin is now in line with the rest of the country, giving motoring consumers a choice of how they repair their vehicles.  The aftermarket's goal has always been to allow freedom-of-choice for motoring consumers in their vehicle repairs.  Wisconsin's automotive aftermarket is large and strong, employing nearly 42,000 people in nearly five thousand aftermarket businesses.  In addition, the total, annual, approximate aftermarket sales in the state is nearly $6 billion.  This was the right call for Governor Walker and for Wisconsin's consumers," concluded Bass-Cors.

CARE represents companies in the automotive aftermarket, among them:  NAPA, CARQUEST, AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly's Auto Parts and Bridgestone-Firestone Retail Operations.  The automotive aftermarket employs over four million people nationwide in approximately 495,000 aftermarket businesses.

SOURCE Coalition for Auto Repair Equality