The Massachusetts legislature Joint Committee on Transportation held a hearing on March 9 on legislation that would create state auto glass replacement safety standards.
The bill, H. 4445, introduced by Representatives Josh Cutler and Kathleen LaNatra, defines “Aftermarket safety glass replacement” as motor vehicle safety glass replacement services that occur after the original installation by a vehicle manufacturer.
It directs the Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles to maintain a list of conforming safety glass. The Registrar must also adopt regulations that require products and services to meet or exceed original equipment manufacturer specifications; require glass that meets federal and American National Standards Institute specifications; and “meet or exceed the standards and requirements of the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard, developed by the Auto Glass Safety Council under the auspices of the American National Standards Institute.”
The bill is similar to legislation enacted in Maryland last year and considered in Virginia earlier this year.
Representatives from the Auto Glass Safety Council testified at the hearing in support of the bill, saying that the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) is a voluntary industry standard, so adopting it into state law will mean all occupants of Massachusetts vehicles will be protected from faulty windshield installation.
Peter Brown, president of Tiny and Sons of Pembroke, Mass.,, testified in support of the bill. Brown said “that it is important for the state to recognize the role of the windshield in protecting the occupants of a vehicle in the event of a crash and to establish state standards for installation and the training and certification of auto glass technicians.”
Massachusetts is in the second year of the 2021-2022 legislative session and is expected to continue meeting until the summer.