Law & Order

“Right to Repair” Compromise Reached

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Major trade organizations representing automakers, independent repair chains and retailers reached an agreement to end a dispute regarding standardized access to onboard diagnostic (OBD) service repair information. The agreement was triggered by enactment of legislation in Massachusetts to mandate uniformity and availability of the information. The agreement will require all automakers to make available to repair shops the same vehicle repair information they provide to their dealers. In addition, the deal allows repair shops to purchase that data with a computer over a standardized, Internet-based service. Starting with the ’18 model year, automakers will be required to offer a nonproprietary interface for diagnosing problems with vehicles.

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