Two Auto Glass-Related Bills Introduced in
New York Legislature
January 31, 2011
At least two New York legislators have introduced bills that could
affect the auto glass industry if passed. One of these involves
consumer choice in an auto glass claim, while the other addresses
the definition of a "service contract" in the state's
New York state Sen. John Bonacic introduced S.
2144, which would "prohibit an insurer from recommending
a particular repair facility for replacement of auto glass unless
expressly requested by the insured person to do so." ()
Currently, the existing law allows insurers to recommend that an
insured use a particular glass shop, but prohibits them from making
a similar recommendation for a general automotive repair job (unless
the insured expressly requests a recommendation), according to the
accompanying memo filed with the bill, S2144. If passed, the bill
would amend Section 2610(b) of the state's insurance law by striking
the current auto glass exemption.
"Insurance companies are attempting to steer their own insured
to particular auto glass repair facilities, some of which have corporate
relationships with the insurer," reads the memo from Bonacic's
office filed with bill. "There is no reason that the repair
of auto glass, an essential safety component of a vehicle, should
be treated differently than the repair of other safety mechanisms
such as brakes. Consumer choice and safety should be the premier
concerns when it comes to auto glass installation."
The bill has been referred to the Senate's insurance committee.
In addition, New York state Assemblyperson Joseph Morelle has introduced
a bill that would expand the definition of a "service contract"
in the state's insurance law to include "contracts made by
a supplier or seller of a service for repair of cracks or chips
in a motor vehicle windshield and for repair or removal of dents,
dings or creases from a motor vehicle without affecting the existing
3782 has been referred to the Assembly's committee on corporations,
authorities and commissions.
At press time, officials from neither Bonacic's nor Morelle's office
had responded to requests for comment.
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