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Tuesday January 4

EPA to Conduct OEM Web Site Audit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will conduct an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Web site audit. The audit will be conducted to gather feedback from the technician community on their experiences with the Web sites.

On June 27, 2003, the EPA finalized its regulations requiring OEMs to make available all information necessary to use onboard diagnostic (OBD) systems. The regulations required any information for making automotive emissions-related repairs, including any emissions-related information provided by the OEMs to franchised dealers, be made available. The ruling required each OEM to develop a Web site by the end of 2003 containing the service information for all 1996 and later model year vehicles and light-duty trucks.

The EPA has formed a small steering committee to oversee the evaluation. The committee is comprised of 15 industry representatives from OEMs, tool companies, repair facilities and aftermarket associations.

The Steering Committee has formed a website with information regarding the evaluation process. Additional information can be found there.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is working with the EPA in the auditing process and has several representatives on the Steering Committee. The Web site review will continue the progress achieved with the voluntary service information agreement signed by ASA and the automakers.

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