Massachusetts voters approve ballot expanding open repair data in blow to auto industry

Voters in Massachusetts on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure forcing automakers to provide expanded access to mechanical and electronic repair data and allow independent shops to repair increasingly sophisticated technology. Unprecedented advancements in modern cars and crash avoidance systems such as automatic braking have prompted many automakers to limit information and warranties to only parts and repairs from authorized dealers to ensure safety and privacy. Independent repair groups have rebuked those restrictions as an attempt to seize control of the lucrative repair market and a way to force consumers into more expensive manufacturer-affiliated dealer shops.

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