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REPAIR Act gains support, secures eight more co-sponsors

May 2, 2023
Eight more members of congress have signed on to co-sponsor the REPAIR Act, which will ensure choice, fairness, and safety in the vehicle repair industry.

Eight more members of congress have signed on to co-sponsor the REPAIR Act (H.R. 906), which will ensure choice, fairness, and safety in the vehicle repair industry. 

CAR CoalitionMEMA AftermarketAuto Care Association, and SEMA are all in favor and applaud the new group of bipartisan cosponsors. 

The eight new members include: 

  • Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  • Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
  • Brittany Pettersen (D-CO)
  • Tim Walberg (R-MI)
  • Ro Khanna (D-CA)
  • Carlos Gimenez (R-FL)
  • Ann Kuster (D-NH)
  • Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL)

These members now join original sponsor Representative Neal Dunn (R-FL) and co-sponsors Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Warren Davidson (R-OH), and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA).

“As a career first responder, protecting the American people and our public safety has been one of my top priorities in Congress,” said Congressman Carlos Gimenez (FL-28). “I’m proud to join my colleagues in co-sponsoring the bipartisan REPAIR Act, which ensures that car owners have access to their vehicle’s data and can make informed, cost-saving decisions on where to take their car for repairs.”

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REPAIR Act recap:

  • Preserve consumer access to high quality and affordable vehicle repair by ensuring that vehicle owners and their repairers of choice have access to necessary repair and maintenance tools and data as vehicles continue to become more advanced.
  • Ensure cybersecurity by allowing vehicle manufacturers to secure vehicle generated data and requiring the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop standards for how vehicle generated data necessary for repair can be accessed securely.
  • Provide transparency for consumers by requiring vehicle owners be informed that they can choose where and how to get their vehicle repaired.
  • Create a stakeholder advisory committee and providing them with the statutory authority to provide recommendations to the FTC on how to address emerging barriers to vehicle repair and maintenance.
  • Provide ongoing enforcement by establishing a process for consumers and independent repair facilities to file complaints with the FTC regarding alleged violations of the requirements in the bill and a requirement that the FTC act within five months of a claim.

The REPAIR Act is the only bill that addresses vehicle maintenance and repair restrictions, including heavy duty vehicles the U.S. economy depends on for freight transport.

Automotive aftermarket companies can urge legislators in their district to also co-sponsor the bill by visiting repairact.com.

This article was originally published on VehicleServicePros.com.

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