Rhode Island Legislature Considers OEM Parts Bill

The Rhode Island House of Representatives currently is considering a bill that provides that “insurance companies may not mandate the use of aftermarket parts without the owner’s consent on motor vehicles less than 48 months beyond manufacture date.”

Previously, the law related to OEM parts applied to vehicles less than 30 months beyond the manufacture date.

If passed, the amended law would read as follows.

“For any automobile which is less than 48 months beyond the date of manufacture, the insurer and the auto body repairs shop must provide a written notice to the vehicle owner that: (i) he or she may require the insurer to pay for and the auto body shop to install ‘original equipment manufacturer parts’ or ‘’OEM parts’ in the repair of a motor vehicle; or (ii) he or she may require the insurer to pay for and the auto body shop to install ‘non-original equipment manufacturer parts” (non-‘OEM parts’) in the repair of a motor vehicle. To comply with this provision, written notice may be provided on the appraisal written on behalf of the insurer and the estimate prepared by the auto body repair shop. When ‘OEM part(s)’ are used in the repair of a motor vehicle, no insurance company may require any repairer to use repair procedures that are not in compliance with the recommendations of the original equipment manufacturer.”

The bill, SB 2679, was introduced on March 20 and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee recommended passage of the bill on May 8 and the Senate passed an amended version of the bill on May 15 and referred it to the House Corporations Committee.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin, Dominick Ruggerio and Michael McCaffrey.

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