A bill introduced in January 2017 to tighten anti-steering disclosure has passed the Assembly Insurance Committee in New York State. The bill by Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli proposes to amend the state’s insurance law to require disclosing that consumers have the right to choose to have their vehicle serviced in a particular shop. However, the bill explicitly states that these disclosures are required on all types of repair—except those solely involving auto glass.
“The insurer shall provide (other than a claim solely involving window glass) a copy of its repair estimate to the insured that includes the following disclosure, plainly printed in no less than 12 point type: ‘Pursuant to section 2610 of the insurance law, an insurance company cannot require that repairs be made to a motor vehicle in a particular place or repair shop. You have the right to have your vehicle repaired in the shop of your choosing,’” according to the bill.
Safelite representatives reportedly told at least one Assemblymember’s office that exemption for glass shops was proper because the process of claims administration for auto glass is quite seamless.
A similar senate bill was passed by the Senate on January 18, 2017. Assemblymember Kevin Cahill has requested the bill be held by the Assembly to consider further amendment.
Members of the auto glass community in New York are encouraged to contact the New York Assembly and share their thoughts on the bill.