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Does the US need a ‘right-to-repair’ law, update

By Claes Bell ·
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Posted: 11 am ET

For those of you that were following the issue, here's an update: Yesterday, the Massachusetts legislature rejected the latest iteration of the "right-to-repair" law. Like I said in the last blog post on the subject, the law would have forced automakers to turn over schematics and other proprietary information about their cars to independent car repair shops and home mechanics alike.

The auto industry fiercely fought the measure, saying it was more about giving makers of after-market parts information that would allow them to make cheaper copies of OEM parts than it was about independent repair shops getting the data they need to repair cars.

What do you think? Was this the right decision, or would you like to have access to all the information about the $20,000 piece of equipment sitting in your driveway?

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