ARA Applauds Introduction of Pro-Consumer, Pro-Safety OEM Parts Identification Legislation

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today is commending Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for introducing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to help protect consumers, support small businesses, and improve vehicle safety by requiring automotive manufacturers to provide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) part data to professional automotive recyclers and other vehicle owners.

H.R. 5967 would require auto manufacturers to provide consumers all part names, part numbers, and build sheet data specific to individual vehicle identification numbers (VINs).  The legislation also requires auto manufacturers to provide this information in a standardized format via web access that is electronically searchable with batch access to the information.  “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,” said ARA CEO Michael E. Wilson.

The legislation broadens the new federal requirement included in the 2015 Highway Bill that manufacturers provide part data for recalled automotive parts.  Congressional support for requiring auto manufacturers to provide automotive recyclers with parts data for all parts already exists as the House-passed version of the Highway Bill included language introduced by Rep. Kinzinger requiring auto manufacturers to provide this information.  Additionally, automotive manufacturers are already legally obligated to provide this information in Europe and currently provide it to insurance estimating companies and automotive service/repair facilities in the United States.

“Every consumer deserves access to a competitive replacement parts marketplace,” said Wilson.  “We believe there is strong bipartisan support in Congress for protecting consumer’s service and repair rights that help ensure a level playing field for a fair and open marketplace for consumers.”

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