New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a controversial bill that exempts auto glass claims from anti-steering legislation. The bill was introduced in January 2017 by Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli. The legislation amends the state’s insurance law to require disclosing that consumers have the right to choose to have their vehicle serviced in a particular shop, except in insurance claims 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 legislation.
Several New York glass shops rallied against the legislation.
The bill passed the New York Senate in January and the Assembly in March, and was signed by the Governor on June 21, according to information from the New York legislature.
Meanwhile, a bill that specifically seeks to prevent steering with auto glass claims was introduced in May. This bill sought to remove the auto glass exemption from the law and add the following language prohibiting steering:
“No insurance company doing business in this state or third-party claims administrator, agent or adjuster for such company shall: require any insured to use a specific person for the provision of automotive glass work; or state that choosing a facility other than a glass shop participating in an automotive glass work program established by such company will result in delays in or a lack of guarantee for the automotive glass work.”
Additionally, Bill No. A08111 also sought to require glass claims representatives to inform consumers of their right to choose a glass shop. The latest bill was introduced New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and was referred to the Insurance Committee. No votes were taken before the legislative session ended in June, according to information from the state Assembly.