Auto Group Argues Claims Valid in ‘Right to Repair’ Law Case (1)

Jan. 11, 2021, 5:19 PM; Updated: Jan. 11, 2021, 5:32 PM

An auto manufacturing trade group is fighting back against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, arguing the state’s recently passed vehicle data law is preempted by federal statutes.

The “right to repair” measure conflicts with the “requirements, purposes, and objectives” of federal laws including the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation argued in a brief filed Jan. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The law, approved by Massachusetts voters last fall, requires auto manufacturers to include equipment that would increase third-party repair shops’ access to wireless vehicle data.

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