Rhode Island is currently considering House Bill 8013 ( RI H8013), which would prohibit the installation of non-OEM parts without the vehicle owner providing expressed written consent; and prohibit insurance companies from requiring the use of an aftermarket part for any repair on a vehicle less than 48 months old. While the association and other groups have strongly opposed the bill, it has been scheduled for a final vote in the state General Assembly and appears likely to pass.
If the assembly passes the bill and sends it to Governor Raimondo, the governor will have 10 days to sign, veto or allow the bill to go into effect without a signature.
Members with operations in the state are encouraged to contact the governor and voice their opposition to this anti-competitive, anti-consumer legislation.
Trump Administration Launches Section 232 Investigation into Auto Imports
On May 23, President Trump instructed Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to initiate a Section 232 investigation to determine if the imports into the U.S. of automobiles, including SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts, threaten to impair national security.
According to Secretary Ross’ statement, imports of passenger vehicles have grown from 32 percent to 48 percent in the past 20 years, and U.S. employment in motor vehicle production declined by 22 percent from 1990 to 2017. A Wall Street Journal article indicates that the president is considering imposing tariffs as high as 25 percent.
The Federal Register notice outlines a comment and hearing process for interested parties to submit/present information pertinent to the investigation.
The Department of Commerce will recommend actions if it is determined that automobiles and/or automotive parts are being imported into the U.S. in quantities that threaten to impair national security.