The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) commends the initiative, which the organization feels will “help protect consumers, support small businesses, and improve vehicle safety,” according to ARA CEO Michael Wilson.
The newly proposed legislation, HR5967, expands upon the new federal requirement included in the 2015 Highway Bill, which requires manufacturers to provide parts data for recall automotive parts. In addition to requiring automotive manufacturers to provide consumers with all part names, part numbers and build sheet data specific to individual VINs, HR5967 would dictate that automotive manufacturers provide this information in a standardized format via web access which is electronically searchable with batch access to the information.
Congress has already shown support for requiring automotive manufacturers to provide automotive recyclers with parts data for all parts through the version of the Highway Bill introduced by Rep. Kinzinger, which has passed the House of Representatives. In Europe, automotive manufacturers are legally obligated to provide this information to insurance estimating companies and automotive service and repair facilities in the U.S.
“Having the parts data on all vehicle parts allows professional automotive recyclers to more precisely match the needs of a consumer with the VIN specific vehicle,” Wilson pointed out. “Every consumer deserves access to a competitive replacement parts marketplace. We believe there is strong bipartisan support in Congress for protecting consumers’ service and repair rights that help ensure a level playing field for a fair and open marketplace for consumers.”