MEMA’S CATHERINE BOLAND COMMENTED DURING FTC’S OPEN MEETING
July 23, 2021 – Research Triangle Park N.C.—During a policy meeting this week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) unanimously voted to ramp up law enforcement against illegal repair restrictions. Catherine Boland, vice president of Legislative Affairs, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), commented on behalf of AASA during the hearing to support the automotive aftermarket’s fight for appropriate access to vehicle data.
“Contrary to what vehicle manufacturers claim, independent aftermarket vehicle service can be completed in a safe and cyber-secure fashion. We applaud the findings and recommendations in the Nixing the Fix report and thank the FTC for today’s policy statement that will ensure those vehicle owners will continue to be able to choose where to repair their vehicles,” said Boland in the July 21 policy meeting. “We also urge the FTC to consider what additional statutory authority may be necessary to protect consumer choice in repair and work with Congress to seek those legislative changes. Independent aftermarket service must remain a viable option. We look forward to working with policymakers to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties.”