New Right to Repair battle rages between car manufacturers and repair shops
After a battle in the Legislature and at the ballot box, Massachusetts in 2013 instituted a “right to repair” law, giving independent car repair shops the same access to diagnostic information as car manufacturers. Now, some repair shops are saying it is time for an update.
The latest salvo in the fight between car manufacturers and repair shop owners is over how the law applies to new technology. Independent shops say the law does not adequately address telematics, which are systems that transmit information wirelessly. But manufacturers say the old law is working just fine.
“You cannot have a system of information the independent repair shop doesn’t have access to to fix or diagnose a car, especially in newer cars,” said Tommy Hickey, director of the Right to Repair Coalition, which includes independent repair shops, parts stores and consumer groups. “That will put independent repair shops out of businesses going forward.”
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