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The Tire Industry Association applauds the passage of the Right to Repair law in Massachusetts and strongly urges Congress to pass a comparable federal law to ensure that all American car owners and their trusted repair shops have the same access to safety alerts and repair information as the franchised new car dealer network.

Most new vehicles are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems to protect motorists from the dangers of operating a vehicle with underinflated tires. Because these systems are controlled by computers, every repair facility must have access to complete, accurate information from the car companies, or it will be very difficult to keep all TPM systems activated and in safe working condition. Passage in Massachusetts is a good start, but there is a critical need to swiftly pass the Right to Repair Act on a national level.

The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 1449) levels the competitive playing field for motoring consumers and between new car dealerships and independent repair shops by requiring that car companies provide full, fair access at a reasonable cost to all nonproprietary service information, tools, fault codes and safety-related bulletins needed to repair motor vehicles.

We support each car owner’s right to patronize the auto service facility of his choice and ask all motorists to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to each of their congressional representatives, urging them to co-sponsor the Right to Repair Act.

Roy Littlefield, Bowie

The writer is the executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association.