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H.R.2057 - Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act of 2009
To protect the rights of consumers to diagnose, service, maintain, and repair their motor vehicles, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.
(3) Regular diagnosis, service, maintenance, and repair of motor vehicles, motor vehicle equipment, and motor vehicle systems such as pollution control, transmission, antilock brakes, electronic and mechanical systems, heating and air-conditioning, and steering are essential to America’s mobility, minimizing fuel consumption, protecting the environment, and enabling the highest levels of safety possible in modern motor vehicles.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) Computers of various kinds are now used by manufacturers in motor vehicle equipment and motor vehicle systems. On-board computer technology controls virtually all of the vehicle’s systems, and only service technicians with the necessary tools and information can access the computers to perform diagnosis, service, maintenance, and repair of the vehicle.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) Manufacturers have made available to their authorized dealers and service providers the information, tools, codes, and replacement equipment necessary to diagnose problems and to service, maintain, and repair motor vehicles that incorporate computers in their motor vehicle systems.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) Consumers in the United States have benefited from the availability of a wide choice of service providers for their motor vehicles. The American economy has also benefited from the availability of an aftermarket tools and parts supply that provides jobs to over 5 million workers in 495,000 businesses, and generates $200 billion in annual sales.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) Vehicles are now being equipped with systems that permit vehicles to communicate repair and diagnostic information wirelessly with the vehicle manufacturer and repair facilities. Car owners have the right to choose where and to whom information generated by their vehicle and vehicle computers is sent.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. MANUFACTURER REQUIREMENTS.
(a) Duty To Disclose Information- The manufacturer of a motor vehicle sold, leased, or otherwise introduced into commerce in the United States must provide to the motor vehicle owner and service providers, using reasonable business means and on a non-discriminatory basis, all information to diagnose, service, maintain, or repair the motor vehicle. This information must include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) all information of any kind provided directly, indirectly, or wirelessly to new car dealers or any repair facility to diagnose, service, maintain, repair, activate, certify, or install any motor vehicle equipment (including replacement parts and equipment) in a motor vehicle.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Duty To Make Tools Available- The manufacturer of a motor vehicle sold, leased, or otherwise introduced into commerce in the United States must offer for sale to the motor vehicle owner and to all service providers on a reasonable and non-discriminatory basis, any tool for the diagnosis, service, maintenance, or repair of a motor vehicle, and provide all information that enables aftermarket tool companies to manufacture tools with the same functional characteristics as those tools made available by the manufacturers to authorized dealers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Replacement Equipment- The manufacturer of a motor vehicle sold, leased, or otherwise introduced into commerce in the United States must offer for sale to motor vehicle owners, and to all service providers on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, all equipment for diagnosis, service, maintenance, or repair of a motor vehicle.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) A manufacturer may not be required to publicly disclose information that, if made public, would divulge methods or processes entitled to protection as trade secrets.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) No information may be withheld by a manufacturer on the ground that it is a trade secret if that information is provided (directly or indirectly) to authorized dealers or service providers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. AUTHORITY OF FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION.
(a) In General- For the purpose of enforcing compliance with this Act, the Federal Trade Commission may utilize all authority conferred on it by the Federal Trade Commission Act, or otherwise.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Violation of Section 3- A violation of section 3 of this Act constitutes an unfair method of competition and an unfair or deceptive act or practice within the meaning of section 5(a)(1) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (
(c) Violation of a Rule- Violation of a rule prescribed under section 4(d) of this Act constitutes violation of a rule defining an unfair or deceptive act or practice prescribed under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (
(e) Cooperation With Department of Transportation- The Federal Trade Commission must cooperate with the Department of Transportation to publish technical service bulletins on a Federal Internet Website.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) interfere with the authority of the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under section 202(m) of the Clean Air Act (
SEC. 5. ACTION BY STATES.
(a) In General- Whenever an attorney general of any State has reason to believe that the interests of the residents of that State have been or are being threatened or adversely affected by a violation of section 3 of this Act, or by the violation of a rule promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission to implement this Act, the State, as parens patriae, may bring a civil action on behalf of its residents to enjoin violations, to obtain damages, restitution, or other compensation on behalf of residents of the State, or to obtain such further relief as the court may deem appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Notice- The State must serve prior written notice of any civil action under subsection (a) of this section upon the Federal Trade Commission with a copy of its complaint, except that if it is not feasible for the State to provide such prior notice, the State must serve notice immediately upon instituting an action. Upon receiving a notice of a civil action, the Federal Trade Commission may--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Construction- For purposes of bringing any civil action under subsection (a) of this section, nothing in this chapter will prevent an attorney general from exercising the powers conferred on the attorney general by the laws of such State to conduct investigations or to administer oaths or affirmations or to compel the attendance of witnesses or the production of documentary and other evidence.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Actions by Federal Trade Commission- Whenever a civil action has been instituted by or the Federal Trade Commission for violation of any rule prescribed under section 4(d) of this Act, no State may, during the pendency of the action instituted by the Federal Trade Commission, institute a civil action under this Act against any defendant named in the complaint in such action for violation of any rule as alleged in such complaint.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) Nothing contained in this section may prohibit an authorized State official from proceeding in State court on the basis of an alleged violation of any civil or criminal statute of such State.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) In addition to actions brought by an attorney general of a State under subsection (a) of this section, an action may be brought by officers of a State who are so authorized.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. CONSUMERS’ RIGHTS.
A consumer or service provider may bring a civil action to enjoin any violation of section 3 of this Act or of any rule issued pursuant to this Act and for damages (including court costs and reasonable attorney and expert witness fees). The action may be brought in any court of competent jurisdiction.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. DEFINITIONS.
(3) The term ‘motor vehicle owner’ and the term ‘consumer’ mean any person who owns, leases, or otherwise has the legal right to use and possess a motor vehicle, or the agent of such person.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(8) The term ‘technical service bulletin’ means a communication sent to a dealer about the diagnosis, service, maintenance or repair of a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment and shall include all communications sent to the Secretary of Transportation under sections 30166(f) and 30166(m)(3)(A)(ii) of title 49, United States Code.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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