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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 18:42

IL Introduces Bill Mandating Disclosure of Aftermarket Parts, Adherence to OEM Repair Procedures

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On Feb. 15, Illinois State Senator Tom Cullerton (D) introduced Senate Bill 2104, which would add verbiage pertaining to OEM procedures to the Illinois Insurance Code.

 

It would specify that “no vehicle repair facility or installer may use repair specifications or procedures that are not in compliance with the original equipment manufacturer for those parts.”

 

The Illinois Automotive Collision Repair Act would also be amended to state that "no vehicle repair estimate may include the use of non-original equipment manufacturer aftermarket crash parts unless authorized by the customer in writing.

 

“The estimate shall include the use of repair specifications by the original equipment manufacturer for those parts, and no repair facility or installer may use repair specifications or procedures that are not in compliance with the original equipment manufacturer for those parts.”

 

House Bill 2104 would also require that the use of aftermarket parts be disclosed and the manufacturer of each part be identified. Each estimate must describe the major parts needed in the repair and “shall designate the parts as either new parts, used parts, rebuilt or reconditioned parts, or aftermarket parts.”

 

The proposed bill would also amend the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act to specify “no person engaged in the business of performing services on merchandise shall advertise such services as factory-authorized services unless, among other requirements, such services are repairs performed pursuant to original equipment manufacturer specifications subject to the Illinois Automotive Collision Repair Act [and] provides that a violation of a section in the Insurance Code concerning the regulation of the use of aftermarket crash parts constitutes an unlawful practice under the Act.”

 

Senate Bill 2104 has been submitted to the Senate Assignments Committee, which will determine how the bill will proceed.

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