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Friday, 23 June 2017 21:14

Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Bills on Parts, Steering

Written by Autobody News Staff

A bill introduced in Massachusetts (S 109) would prohibit insurers from dictating the use of any part that “compromises the operational safety or structural integrity of the vehicle,” and would prohibit insurers from mandating the use of non-OEM parts “on any vehicle still under manufacturer warranty or lease agreement.”

Another Massachusetts bill (H 2168) calls for changes to the required notice on any estimate including non-OEM parts. It would add to the current disclosure that the use of such parts “may void existing warranties.” It also would require that the notification be printed in not less than 12-point type (currently regulations allow it to be smaller).

In addition, the bill would add a provision to state law to require insurers to notify drivers reporting a claim that state law gives them “the right to choose a registered repair shop of your choice,” and that “all registered repair shops must guarantee their repairs.”

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