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Hawaii Senate Bill 2243 (Motor Vehicle Insurance) would prohibit insurers from charging additional fees for repairs made with original equipment (OE) manufacturer parts if the vehicle manufacturer recommends OE parts.

This bill was heard before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, and amended to include several problematic restrictions including:

  • Mandating that consumers must be offered a choice of a like kind and quality crash part of an equal or better quality compared to the original equipment manufacturer crash part;
  • Prohibiting consumers from having to pay the additional cost for repairs using that OE crash part if the repair affected the vehicle’s crash avoidance or safety systems; and
  • Requiring like kind and quality crash parts to carry a guarantee in writing regarding the quality and equivalent performance in a vehicle’s crash avoidance and safety systems.

The bill passed the committee and is expected to pass the Senate, moving on to the Hawaii House of Representatives.

Massachusetts Senate Bill 109 (Motor Vehicle Warranties), which would prohibit insurers from mandating the use of non-OEM parts still under manufacturer warranty, was heard before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure before passing the committee. The bill has been referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee where Auto Care expects the bill to be defeated.

Maryland House Bill 434/Senate Bill 529 (Vehicle Manufacturers) would require vehicle manufacturers to provide notice to consumers within 90 days of a new car purchase or lease of their rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

This bill was heard before the House Economic Matters Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, both of which were favorable toward the measure. The Economic Matters Committee chair requested language from the manufacturers they would find acceptable. Auto Care has been given a draft of the language and opposes the proposed language as it would invalidate the entire purpose of the act.

New Jersey Senate Bill 1712 (Notification of Vehicle Warranty for Certain Parts) requires vehicle manufacturers to provide notice to consumers within 90 days of a new car lease or purchase of their rights under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. No action has been taken on the bill yet.

West Virginia Senate Bill 308 (Use of Aftermarket Parts) would require the use of OEM parts to maintain a vehicle warranty. This bill was scheduled to be heard before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but due to a contentious debate, the Senate declined to take up the bill and it failed to meet the deadline to be voted out of committee.

Written by triciasauls

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