On Tuesday, July 16, Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs participated in a public workshop in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and titled, “Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions.” During the session, the FTC will question three panels of repair experts and industry representatives on the impacts of repair limits instituted by manufacturers, and whether such practices affect consumer protection under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act prohibits product manufacturers from conditioning consumer warranties on the use of any original equipment part or service. Visit the Auto Care Association’s brand new Magnuson-Moss Toolkit to learn more about consumers’ warranty rights under the law.
During his testimony, Lowe will share lessons learned from the 2014 Right to Repair Memorandum of Understanding—a national agreement between the automotive aftermarket and automakers requiring diagnostic tools, software and repair information to be made available to independent repair shops. The Right to Repair debate has recently expanded to other industries with proponents introducing dozens of state bills across the country.