Massachusetts Right to Repair Court Case Delayed Again.

Approved by Massachusetts voters on November 3, 2020, by an overwhelming 75-25 percent margin, the new Right to Repair law would require manufacturers to provide vehicle owners both access and control of the diagnostic and repair data generated by their vehicles. After the vote, the car company trade group, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, filed a lawsuit (Alliance for Automotive Innovation vs. Maura Healey, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) in November 2020, asking the court to overturn the data access ballot. Questions based on a host of allegations, including cybersecurity concerns, insufficient time to comply with the new data access requirements, and their contention that the ballot initiative is preempted by federal law.

The Auto Care Association continues to fight for the consumer’s right to choose where their vehicle can be maintained and repaired through state and federal legislation.

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