ASA Supports OE Repair Bill but Has an Amendment for it

The automotive service association (ASA) recently expressed its support on a piece of Connecticut legislation that addresses original equipment manufacturer (OEM) procedures for collision repairs but also looks to amend a portion of it.

The bill, also referred to as HB 7266, aims to change some of the current legislation language regarding auto repairs.

In ASA’s letter of support, lobbyist Robert L. Redding Jr., who represents ASA, asked the Connecticut Joint Committee on Insurance & Real Estate to amend House Bill 7266 to “assure additional protection for consumers, repairers and small businesses.”

“Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes no insurer licensed to issue policies of automobile insurance providing bodily injury, property damage liability, comprehensive, or collision coverages shall condition payment of a claim to the insured or to any person conducting a collision repair based upon the utilization of any repair procedure or specification that does not conform to the original equipment manufacturer’s documented procedures, specifications or allowable tolerances of such vehicle year, make, model, and trim level. If a repair procedure or specification from an original equipment manufacturer includes a directive to conduct a scan, calibration, or diagnostic test of vehicle electronic systems before or after the commencement of repairs, such directive shall be considered as a required part of the repair procedure,” a portion of the proposed amendment text reads.

The amendment’s goal is make the legislation similar to “language proposed earlier in the year,” according to Redding.

“The OEM repair procedures are the logical repair processes to be followed. To be clear, ASA does not support the use of OEM parts only. ASA’s interest is in requiring the industry to adhere to a set of repair procedures that assure the best opportunity for vehicle safety on our highways,” a portion of ASA’s support letter reads.

According to the documents, the proposed amendment aims to assure no insurer is able to condition payment of a claim to the insured or to any person conducting a collision repair based upon the utilization of any repair procedure or specification that does not conform to the original manufacturer’s repair procedures.

Redding also stated ASA does not believe HB 7266 will impact insurance rates, and that all segments of the collision repair industry should support quality, safe repairs.

To view ASA’s letter, click here.

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