Vehicle Replacement Key Legislation Fails to Pass California Assembly
California State Sen. Ed Hernandez’s (D-24) Senate Bill 750, relating to motor vehicle manufacturer production of replacement keys, recently failed to pass the California Assembly. The bill would make indefinite an exemption from a requirement for motor vehicle manufacturers to provide for the production of replacement keys.
Under current California law, motor vehicle manufacturers are required to provide a way for the registered owner of a car, or their family member, to access information that would allow them production of a replacement key by a locksmith. A provision in the current law allows exemptions until 2013.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) manages the operations of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Secure Data Release Model (SDRM), a data exchange system conceived and designed cooperatively by automakers, the independent repair community, and the insurance and law enforcement communities. Until the advent of the SDRM, security-related information was blocked from independent auto service/security professionals because there was no way to verify the security credentials of the requestor.
The SDRM creates a registry of automotive service/security professionals who have cleared a background check and enrollment process. Automaker website subscribers who are licensed by the SDRM Registry can obtain vehicle security-related data as long as the requestor’s security credential is in good standing. The SDRM allows access to security-related information while protecting the safety and security of consumers and the integrity of automobile security systems.
To view the full text of Senate Bill 750, visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.
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