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iDiaz 05-20-2006 12:28 AM

Motor Vehicle Owners "Right to Repair" Act
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Originally Posted by Consumer Electronics Association
"Right to Repair" Act Would Prohibit Auto Manufacturers from Locking Out Aftermarket Consumer Electronics

ARLINGTON, Va.--May 17, 2006--The Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA(R)) President and CEO Gary Shapiro sent a letter to members of Congress urging the support of H.R. 2048, the Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act, introduced in 2005 by House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) and Representatives Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Darrell Issa (R-CA). The bill would protect consumers' rights to upgrade and repair their automobiles where they want and with the products of their choice.

"Americans should have the right to choose which new technologies are used in their vehicle, as well as the right to choose who installs these products," said Shapiro. "As vehicles continue to become more electronically complex, automobile manufacturers have begun implementing specific proprietary access codes to allow access to the advanced computer mainframe. This effectively has caused many consumers and their independent installer to be locked out of their own vehicle when it comes to the installation of new mobile electronics products such as video screens, navigation devices and audio systems.

"H.R. 2048 would put independent dealers and manufacturers on the same playing field as car companies and their franchised dealer network. This bill does not require car manufacturer's proprietary information to be shared," continued Shapiro. "We believe this bill would promote greater consumer choice, lower prices and ensure a competitive landscape for mobile electronics installers and manufacturers. I urge other members of Congress to join the 102 Congressional sponsors of this Act."

Shapiro's letter to members of Congress is available at:

If this passes, MINI may eventually have to redesign their '07+ stereo to accomodate aftermarket head units. Better yet, they may have to release information on ECU tuning, since this is something that aftermarket tuners have basically had to hack to be able to do work on it.

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