Auto Glass Safety Becomes Law in Maryland

Auto glass safety legislation requiring the state to adopt regulations that “meet or exceed” the ANSI/AGSC/Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) has been enacted by the State of Maryland. The bill was passed by the state legislature in April and was on a long list of bills issued by the Maryland Governor this weekend that will be allowed to pass into law prior the state’s June 1 veto deadline.

The bill is based on model legislation developed and supported by the Auto Glass Safety Council. It requires that the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MD MVA) “adopt regulations establishing standards and requirements for aftermarket safety glass replacement that … meet or exceed the standards and requirements of the American National Standards Institute/Auto Glass Safety Council/Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard.” Aftermarket safety glass is defined as “vehicle safety glass replacement services that occur after the original installation by a vehicle manufacturer.”

The legislation passed the Maryland House of Delegates by a vote on 128-6 on March 12 and the Maryland Senate 47-0 on April 6.

“I am pleased that my legislation for Maryland to adopt auto glass safety standards has been enacted,” said Maryland Delegate Kumar Barve, chair of the House Environment and Transportation Committee and sponsor of the bill. “I am greatly appreciative of all of the hard work of the safety advocates in supporting this bill. The Motor Vehicle Administration has already begun work on drafting the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard into state law and I look forward to working with them throughout the process.”

The legislation drew support from many in the auto glass industry who testified at hearings before state legislators including the Auto Glass Safety Council, Glass America, Novus, and Safelite.

“We are grateful that Maryland has taken the lead in adopting the AGRSS, a voluntary industry standard, into state law to better protect automobile drivers and their passengers. We look forward to working with other states to enact similar auto glass safety standards,” said Seth Maiman, AGSC’s director of Public Affairs.

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