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Connecticut Gov. Signs Anti-Steering Bill

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed a bill that will require disclosure to consumers that they have the right to choose the repair facility to complete repairs to their motor vehicles in the state.

House Bill 5152 (now Public Act No. 08-146), which will go into effect January 1, 2009, will require insurance companies to include the following notice on all issued insurance cards in capital letters and boldface type:

"You have the right to choose the licensed repair shop where the damage to your motor vehicle will be repaired."

The bill also will require motor vehicle repair shops to provide notice to insurers of the need for supplemental repairs and to establish a time frame for insurers to inspect the motor vehicle prior to commencement of such supplemental repairs.

CLICK HERE for the full text of the act.

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