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Auto Care Association Responds to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Massachusetts Telematics November Ballot Question

Posted by Auto Care News on July 27, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – July 27, 2020 – Representatives from the Auto Care Association and its membership met with James Owens, deputy administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on Friday, July 24, to discuss the data access referendum that will be included as “Question 1” on the ballot for Massachusetts voters this November. A vote in favor of Question 1 would give Massachusetts vehicle owners the ability to access their mechanical data and to provide authorization to share that data with their independent repair shops. The meeting focused on a July 20 letter the NHTSA sent to Massachusetts state legislators echoing the contention of the automakers that access to data by vehicle owners would create cyber security concerns.

Car Companies Fail in Attempt to Kill Massachusetts Referendum Regarding Car Owner Control of Repair Data

Posted by Auto Care News on July 14, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – July 14, 2020 – The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee turned in 24,000 signatures on Wednesday, July 1 to the Secretary of State regarding a ballot question that would mandate car companies provide car owners with control of repair data generated by their vehicles. The submission is more than the 13,374 signatures that are required by law to have a question placed on the ballot. While these signatures are usually collected manually, the COVID-19 virus forced the Committee to seek a consent decree from the Massachusetts Supreme Court that permitted the collection of signatures electronically.

Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice.™ Partners with Melling Engine Parts for Vegas NHRA Nationals

Posted by Auto Care News on October 25, 2019

Two-Time NHRA Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders adds name to growing list of professional drivers who support national campaign


BETHESDA, Md. – October 25, 2019 – National advocacy campaign Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice.™ has partnered with Melling Engine Parts for this year’s Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Las Vegas, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. The partnership will focus on fighting for drivers nationwide to secure access to and control of their car data.

Auto Care Association Salutes Connecticut for Passage of Magnuson-Moss Legislation

Posted by Auto Care News on July 09, 2015
BETHESDA, MD – July 9, 2015 – The Auto Care Association salutes the Connecticut legislature for passing state bill S. 99, which mandates that at the time of the sale of a new motor vehicle, a new car dealer must deliver to the purchaser of the vehicle a printed explanation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

Senator Urges FTC to Take Action Against Carmakers’ Misleading Warranty Tactics

Posted by Auto Care News on October 27, 2014
Auto Care Association Complaints Get Attention

BETHESDA, MD – October 27, 2014 -- Echoing the long-standing contention by the Auto Care Association that automakers mislead consumers into wrongfully believing that serving their vehicles outside dealerships might void warranties, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has assailed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about its lack of urgency in clarifying its interpretation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

Trade Associations Insist that FTC Take Action Against Kia

Posted by Auto Care News on May 28, 2014
BETHESDA, MD – May 27, 2014 -- The Auto Care Association, Automotive Oil Change Association, Service Station Dealers of America and Tire Industry Association joined forces to call on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take immediate action to have Kia withdraw a technical bulletin warning consumers not to use non-OEM filters, which is clearly a violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA).