The U.S. aftermarket came one step closer to having full access to the tools and information required to repair vehicles with the introduction of legislation designed to end automaker restrictions. U.S. representatives Joe Barton and Edolphus Towns, along with 53 cosponsors, introduced the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2735). Since the February Automotive Aftermarket Legislative Summit, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) have worked non-stop to build support and obtain co-sponsors for this industry-critical legislation. The bill would ensure that car owners continue to have access to the most affordable and convenient vehicle repair market in the world. Specifically, the legislation would mandate that the Federal Trade Commission issue rules that would require car companies to make available all tools and information necessary to service today’s sophisticated vehicle systems "By ensuring the availability of information for all vehicle systems, passage of HR 2735 would continue the progress made by the aftermarket in securing regulations federally and in California that currently only require access to emissions-related information and tools," said Alfred L. Gaspar, AAIA president and CEO. "While car companies have moved toward making more information available, we need to ensure the future of competition for our industry and car owners by the passage of strong right to repair legislation." "The key to success of this long-awaited legislation will be the efforts of the aftermarket companies and their customers to push Congress for passage," said James Eady, AWDA president. "With strong opposition expected from the car companies, it is critical for every aftermarket company and their customers to contact their elected officials urging passage of right to repair legislation."