Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Chair Applauds Historic Right to Repair Agreement

(Trenton) – Assemblyman Paul Moriarty commended representatives from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), the Association of Global Automakers (Global), the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), and the Coalition for Automotive Repair Equality (CARE) regarding an agreement reached this week on right to repair legislation.

The national agreement is based on a recent law finalized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Chapter 165 of the Acts of 2013). The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) extends the essential provisions for all light vehicles negotiated in the Massachusetts law nationwide.

“I am encouraged that the car companies and the independent vehicle repair industry have worked out this very important agreement regarding access by consumers and repair shops to the service information, tools and software needed to work on today’s high tech vehicles,” said Moriarty (D-Camden, Gloucester).

“A major goal of the Consumer Affairs Committee over the past year has been to build on the right to repair efforts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to ensure that car owners in our great state also will be able to obtain affordable, effective and convenient repairs for their vehicles. If this MOU is fully implemented by the vehicle manufacturers, I think it will go a long way toward benefiting our state’s consumers and small businesses.”