MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers says it recognizes the step forward made by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in identifying the need to address protocols for the open access implementation of the Massachusetts Data Access Law. While MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers supports NHTSA and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s “goals of consumer choice in repair facilities and vehicle safety,” a short-range wireless protocol is insufficient to provide consumers with repair choice and stakeholders with a level playing field going forward.
The letter from NHTSA underscores the imperative for a 50-state solution that ensures both consumer choice in repair and enhanced safety on our roads, MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers said in a statement. Moreover, it emphasizes the need for a cybersecure, technical solution that prioritizes consumers and is developed by and agreed to by all stakeholders, the organization said.
“The REPAIR Act (H.R. 906) sets a benchmark in cybersecurity for repair access and MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers firmly believes that the best solution is a collaborative, federal solution and invites automakers and other stakeholder to join the aftermarket in providing expert guidance and perspective to achieve that outcome,” the organization said.
To learn more about the legislative work by MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers on repair access, please visit mema.org/R2R.
In a separate statement, The Auto Care Association said, “Auto Care Association appreciates the continued support of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General to support the 2020 Data Access Law and the willingness of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revisit its position on the enforceability of the law. The Auto Care Association is gratified by NHTSA’s acknowledgement that the Data Access Law is not preempted by the Federal Vehicle Safety Act and by its latest statement that NHTSA strongly supports the right to repair.
The Auto Care Association further supports Attorney General Campbell’s stalwart efforts to ensure that vehicle manufacturers implement the Data Access Law safely and promptly. We look forward to the auto manufacturers’ compliance with the law.”
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