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Car Companies Argue That Right-to-Repair Law Is Unconstitutional

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State of Repair is Motherboard’s exploration of DIY culture, device repair, ownership, and the forces fighting to lock down access to the things you own.

People in Massachusetts overwhelmingly supported new right-to-repair legislation for cars in 2020. Now automotive manufacturers are doing whatever they can to delay and impede the implementation of the new law. The law was supposed to take effect in 2022, but new legislation filed in the Massachusetts legislature would push that date back to 2025.

The specific issue is whether car owners and independent repair shops should have access to the telemetric data generated by their cars. As cars become increasingly complex and computerized, the data they generate is key to conducting safe repairs. Access to that data has been withheld by automakers to keep people from repairing their own cars.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, an industry trade group made up of almost all car

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Toyota and Law Council Australia claim a new right to repair is unwarranted

The Australian arm of Japanese car manufacturing conglomerate Toyota is standing by the consumer guarantees that exist under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and does not believe focusing on the automotive sector as part of the Productivity Commissions’ right to repair inquiry is necessary.

Toyota outlined in its submission [PDF] that it believes “sufficient” and “very stringent” repair remedies already exist, and therefore no additional changes are required, touting that any further changes would “require significant time and resources, which would be an additional burden on dealerships around Australia without any evidence of material benefit to the consumer”.

The company also suggested given that the right to repair inquiry coincides with the release of the Treasury’s draft Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2020, which already deals with many of the same issues, the inquiry should focus on “areas that have not been under

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