– January 16, 2020 – The Auto Care Association, along with Static Control, filed an amicus brief
on Jan. 13 regarding a case currently before the United States Supreme Court that has the potential to severely limit the ability of companies to produce compatible replacement parts for software driven vehicles. The case, Google v. Oracle,
as decided by a Federal Circuit Court, upheld a charge by Oracle that Google had violated a software copyright when it copied a small part of the application program interfaces (API) code necessary to enable interoperability with programs for Google’s Android platform. If permitted to stand, companies could copyright their APIs such that it would severely hamper companies attempting to ensure compatibility of replacement parts with vehicle software.
BETHESDA, Md. –
January 15, 2020 – Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, today
released the following statement in response to the recently signed Phase One trade
agreement between the United States and China:
“We applaud the Trump administration for successfully
signing Phase One to restore and strengthen the U.S.-China trading
relationship. This is a positive first step in establishing certainty for U.S.
businesses and our industry’s supply chains. However, most tariffs remain in
place, causing severe financial strain on U.S. businesses’ bottom lines and the
consumer’s ability to access cost-effective options...
– January 14, 2020 – On Jan. 13, the Massachusetts Legislature held the first hearing on legislation that would ensure consumers would have access to the repair data generated by their vehicle. Held in the biggest hearing room in the Massachusetts Statehouse, the room was packed with repair shop owners and technicians, as well as representatives from the major parts retailers and tool suppliers—providing a major show of support for the new legislation the auto care industry in the state.
– January 14, 2020 – On Thursday, Jan. 9, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Senate Bill 1712, which will require vehicle manufacturers to send a notice to consumers within 90 days of a new car lease or purchase of their warranty rights under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA). The bill passed both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature with broad bipartisan support. The bill passed the Senate (31-0) and passed the Assembly (74-0), showing the overwhelming support for this consumer notification in the car buying process.
BETHESDA, Md. – December 11, 2019 – Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, today released the following statement regarding the recently announced U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
“We applaud the Trump administration and Congress for reaching a deal and moving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) towards ratification. The trilateral agreement will strengthen trade and maintain tariff-free market access to two of our most important trading partners, accounting for more than 70% of total U.S. auto parts exports. We encourage Congress to move swiftly to ratify the bill to maintain our industry’s global supply chain, protect American jobs and ensure market stability for current and future investments."
– August 12, 2019 – NASCAR driver Chase Elliott and NHRA drag racer Clay Millican are confirmed as special guests for the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit, the Auto Care Association’s biennial Washington, D.C. fly-in taking place Sept. 18-19 on Capitol Hill. Elliott, Millican and Millican’s crew chief Mike Kloeber will be on-site during the Thursday evening reception for a meet-and-greet with summit attendees and lawmakers. The meet-and-greet offers the opportunity for guests to take photos, obtain autographs and have personal conversations with the racers.
July 24, 2019 – Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, and
members of the association’s executive team met with the Ambassador of Mexico
to the United States, Martha Bárcena Coqui, to discuss the United
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the auto care industry’s economic footprint
in Mexico and future opportunities for trade missions to Mexico for U.S.