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Statement: “Right to Repair”

August 16, 2012

Many of my constituents have contacted me with their thoughts on the “Right to Repair” bill and I share their concerns about the rising cost of auto repair and the need for convenient and reliable vehicle repair.

On July 31, 2012, the legislature passed a second version of this legislation that represents a compromise between all the parties involved in this important issue. In the same way as the bill that my Senate colleagues and I passed in May, this ensures independent auto mechanics in Massachusetts are given access to the repair data and diagnostic codes available to new car dealerships. It requires automakers to make their repair data and diagnostic tools available for purchase at a fair price by car owners and independent mechanics. Beginning in model year 2018, automakers have to make that repair data accessible through a nonproprietary computer system or device within the vehicle.

The bill was passed by the Legislature and, on August 7, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed it into law as Chapter 241 of the Acts of 2012.

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