WASHINGTON — Automakers and a segment of independent repairers say a new pact signed in July reaffirms their commitment to right to repair, potentially shelving the need for federal legislation. But some right-to-repair advocates and aftermarket industry groups aren't convinced.
The agreement — backed by the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the Automotive Service Association and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists — largely reiterates the commitments made in a 2014 national memorandum of understanding between automakers and independent repair shops and parts retailers. It is opposed by MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers and the CAR Coalition, a group whose members include AutoZone and Allstate. It also lacks support from the Auto Care Association, a major trade group that represents companies throughout the aftermarket supply chain and one of the original signatories of the 2014 deal.
Critics of the agreement — released a week before a congressional hearing on right to repair — argue the pact "falls short" because it lacks enforcement measures and does not give vehicle owners or aftermarket companies direct access to wirelessly generated repair and maintenance data.