NHTSA asserted that the Massachusetts law “conflicts with and therefore is preempted by” federal law.
In an email blast, Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey said the association is working with other Right to Repair supporters to respond to NHTSA’s June 13 letter that urges 22 automakers to ignore the expanded Right to Repair law that Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved in November 2020.
Hanvey said Auto Care is working with the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) and the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition “to craft a response to that letter and to develop a plan to refute NHTSA’s misunderstandings over the interpretation of the law and to demonstrate the viability of our solution to securely grant access to vehicle generated repair and maintenance data by approved agents of the vehicle owner.”
“The NHTSA letter has generated a tremendous amount of backlash on social media and in the press and we need to initiate another wave of support,” Hanvey added.
Hanvey also expressed frustration that NHTSA’s letter “arrived after repeated attempts by Judge Woodlock to engage NHTSA some two years ago during the initial trial for their position on the law and after the window for submissions to the court was over.”
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