Massachusetts seeks to strengthen “Right to Repair” law

The added complexity of modern cars can make repairing them seem daunting, but that very same complexity includes diagnostic software that can help pinpoint problems. Unfortunately, in a bid to safeguard their software and prevent would-be mechanics from doing more harm than good, many original equipment manufacturers have made it difficult for the average DIY mechanic to get access to much of that data.

Right to Repair advocates will be celebrating if Massachusetts’ House Bill 293 becomes law. The legislation, one of many similarly intentioned bills recently proposed in Massachusetts’ House of Representatives, aims to guarantee consumers’ ability to work with vehicle diagnostic systems and reinforces the state’s 2013 Motor Vehicle Right to Repair Law. It also adds a right to decide who can view the telematics, vehicle data sent wirelessly from the car.