New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele has introduced an amendment to an anti-steering bill that has been on the books for decades that would eliminate the exception for insurance “claims solely involving window glass.” This language kept automotive glass companies from being covered by the anti-steering law.
Collision repair shops have been happy with the bill for years because it includes the language, “the insurer shall not, unless expressly requested by the insured, recommend or suggest repairs be made to such vehicle in a particular place or shop or by a particular concern,” says Mike Ruscillo, a 50-year veteran of the automotive glass industry who is semi-retired and just recently sold his New York company Starlite Auto Glass.
“It’s just a matter of changing the wording and automotive glass will be covered as well,” he says. “It’s easier to just take this line out than introduce new legislation.”
The amendment has been moved to the state insurance committee.
State Assemblyman Fred Thiele (independent) of Sag Harbor, N.Y., had not responded to a request for comment at press time.
To read a full copy of the amendment and bill A09514, click here.