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So this is not me trying to push some agenda on everyone as I think this bill has all swedespeeders in mind.<p>I just found out about this bill that was pushed by CEA (Consumer Electronics Ass.) recently and its in the Subcommittee for Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection right now and I have just contacted my reps. to get them to support this. The basics of it go like this:<p>H.R. 2048, the Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act's proponents argue that the bill will "protect consumers' rights to upgrade and repair their automobiles where they want and with the products of their choice." The crux of CEA's argument is that as new vehicles increase in complexity, automakers are purposefully implimenting electronic safeguards ("proprietary access codes"), in effect shutting out consumers and third-party installers from fitting things like aftermarket navigation units and in-car video and audio systems.<p>If you also think this is a good idea then write your rep today!! Thanks for listening and hopefully we will get that Aux. In iPod solution yet, haha! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><I>edit</I> <br>Here's the actual bill:<br><A HREF="http://www.capwiz.com/asashop/webreturn/?url=http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.2048:" TARGET="_blank">http://www.capwiz.com/asashop/...2048:</A> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Tarheelvolvo at 6:20 PM 5-22-2006</i>
 

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Re: H.R. 2048 Right to Repair Act (Tarheelvolvo)

It's a starnge concept in my mind. Forcing a manufacturer to design products that can be upgraded by 3rd parties - surely there are some legal implicatiosn when it comes to accidents? (especially in the states) <p>A lot of aftermarket companies don't have the financial R&D clout that the car makers do so why should the car makers open themselves up to increased risk of things going wrong as a result of someone else's doing? If it resulted in a bad accident and got dragged though the legal system you can bet that the car manufacturer would get named before the aftermarket supplier. If people really do not want a technology lockout they should vote with their wallets and not rely on legal requirements. After all, it's not like it's some Microsft anti trust thing, they still all have to compete with one another.
 

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Re: H.R. 2048 Right to Repair Act (Marmoset)

The legal implications would fall on the 3rd party that updated the system improperly. Bad press for the manufacture and rumors would abound if a Volvo blew up or something but the legal responsibility would lie ultimately with the party that modified the existing system therefore making that system and all subsequent reactions caused by it the sole responsibility of said 3rd party (ie: no longer in warranty by Volvo).<p>Just like if you put on an aftermarket exhaust and as a direct result your engine catches fire...its not Volvo's fault because they didn't design the car that way. That's why there is that Magnuson-Moss Act which goes both ways to protect consumers from being ripped off but also for the manufacture so they don't get undue claims filed as result of a 3rd party company.<p>As for your last comment, how do you suppose we vote with our wallets? Not buy "non mod-friendly" cars?<p>As for competition, yes car companies do have to compete with each other but once you own a new vehicle the manufacture, as of right now, has a monopoly on almost all repairs and service work done. How can an independant shop compete with the "...financial R&D clout that the car maker [has]..." as you said? As computers become an increasing factor in a new cars price and they become more advance to comply with safety and emissions standards how are the "indies" to keep pace with them and remain competitive themselves?<p>The aftermarket industry is roughly $200 Billion right now and employs somewhere near 5 million people which would be alot of out-of-work people. I don't think those 5 million people would be voting for the incumbent party....do you? I know that its a worst case scenario and 5 million peeps wont lose their jobs if this isn't passed but their ranks are sure to dwindle if its not passed. Besides, the act is only asking that "indies" get the access and right to buy the same equipment as the dealers can at a "reasonable price" (which im sure means alot of different things to alot of different people).
 
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