Auto Care Association Applauds FTC Report on Anti-Competitive Repair Restrictions
By Camille Sheehan
BETHESDA, Md. – May 7, 2021 – The Auto Care Association today applauded a report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entitled, “Nixing the Fix: An FTC Report to Congress on Repair Restrictions.” The report found that “there is scant evidence to support manufacturer justifications for repair restriction” and stated that the FTC “stands ready to work with lawmakers, either at the state or federal level, to ensure that consumers have choices when they need to repair products that they purchase and own.”
“We are pleased that the commission listened to the testimony from our association, as well as the other groups, during the 2019 ‘Nix the Fix’ hearing and took into consideration the information that we submitted to the agency over many years,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “The Auto Care Association is proud of its efforts to secure right to repair legislation both on a state and federal level and we hope that this report will be the beginning of increased efforts by the commission to join us in addressing the anti-competitive actions of vehicle manufacturers. We fully support the FTC’s efforts in ensuring that consumers continue to have choices on where they have their vehicle repaired.”
Visit autocare.org/government-relations to learn more about the Auto Care Association’s right to repair initiatives.