Auto Glass-Related Legislation Hits Standstill
in New York as Session Comes to Close
June 28, 2011
The New York legislative session concluded last week with no action
taken on two auto glass-related bills that were filed
in January as the session got underway. One of these would have
prohibited insurers from recommending auto glass shops unless requested,
while the other would have adapted the definition of a "service
contract" in the state's insurance code so that it would have
included auto glass.
Both bills were under the review of the state's insurance committee,
but neither ever made it to a vote.
New York state Sen. John Bonacic had introduced the anti-steering
bill, S. 2144, on January 18. The bill would have "prohibit[ed]
an insurer from recommending a particular repair facility for replacement
of auto glass unless expressly requested by the insured person to
do so." The state's 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.
"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," wrote
Bonacic in his January 2011 memo filed with the bill. "Consumer
choice and safety should be the premier concerns when it comes to
auto glass installation."
New York state Assemblyperson Joseph Morelle has introduced the
bill related to service contracts, A. 3782, which would have adapted
the state's insurance code's definition of a service contract 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 paint finish."
Officials from neither Bonacic's nor Morelle's office had responded
to requests for comment at press time.
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