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The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protections recently held a hearing questioning whether 21st century technology is locking out consumers. At issue is whether foreign and domestic automakers are moving quickly enough to share access codes and other technical information that permit independent repair shops to work on the many computers that now control the operation of automobiles, according to Rep. Joe Barton, chairman of the committee. Some modern cars have as many as 15 computers, he added.

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