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NADA Opposes So-Called “Right to Repair” Legislation, H.R. 906

 

NADA/ATD opposes the so-called “right to repair” bill,” H.R. 906, the “REPAIR Act,” which passed out of a House subcommittee late last year. H.R. 906 would create tremendous privacy and cybersecurity risks by requiring manufacturers to allow any third party to extract and send data to a vehicle remotely. H.R. 906 has little to do with repairing a vehicle. Instead, the bill:

  • compels auto and heavy-duty truck manufacturers to provide any “aftermarket parts manufacturer” the information necessary “to produce or offer compatible aftermarket parts,” i.e., parts not made by the auto or truck manufacturer.
  • gives any third-party remote, bidirectional access to consumer data from vehicles, which raises significant privacy, cybersecurity, and automotive safety concerns.

H.R. 906 currently has 52 cosponsors. There is no Senate companion bill. NADA, along with the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA), the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD), the Alliance for Automotive Innovation and other industry stakeholders submitted a coalition letter in opposition of this fundamentally flawed legislation. Dealers should make sure their members of Congress understand their opposition to “right to repair” legislation as a solution in search of a problem. (R2R Issue Brief)

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