Some local drivers are caught in the middle of the battle between automakers and the Massachusetts Right to Repair law. And as a result, they don’t have access to safety features in their vehicles.
“Some of the automakers, in order to escape the requirements of the law, have turned off their internet connectivity features altogether,” said Nathan Proctor, senior director of U.S. Public Interest Research Group Campaign for the Right to Repair.
Subaru is not the only car maker disabling in-car wireless technology systems from new models sold in Massachusetts, and the move does come at a cost to the automakers. Consumers pay around $100 or more a year for these subscription services.