2:08 PM AKDT, July 28, 2011
A battle brewing in the auto industry is pitting car manufacturers against independent auto repair shops. The "Right to Repair Act" is at the center of the debate.
The "Right to Repair Act" would force auto manufacturers to give independent repair shops the information and tools needed to make repairs. That information is growing more and more essential as newer cars feature more advanced computer systems.
Bret Fadely, manager at Fadely's Auto Masters in West York, supports the legislation.
"There is information that is inaccessible to the aftermarket on certain occasions and we're just trying to get that information from the manufacturers," said Fadely.
Fadely says the bill would keep the repair industry competitive.
In Pennsylvania, the legislation was introduced by Rep. Todd Platts and Edolphus Towns. It currently has 23 co-sponsors.
The Vice President of State Affairs with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says the legislation attempts to solve a problem that does not exist.
The alliance, which represents 12 of the world's leading car and light truck manufacturers, strongly opposes the bill.
According to the alliance, the United States Congress has said "no" to the legislation for several years and every state where the legislation has been introduced has also said "no."