Thursday, 28 March 2019 17:04

ASA’s 'Washington Watch' Webinar Features Industry Association Leaders

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In 2018, legislation regarding OEM repair procedures was introduced in three states. Indiana Senate Bill 164 died in conference, and Illinois House Bill 4926 was not approved. Rhode Island Senate Bill 2679 was signed into law but is quite stringent and applies only to OE repair procedures on OE parts. Numerous bills on this issue have been introduced so far in 2019, including Connecticut House Bill 7266, New Hampshire House Bill 664, Minnesota House File 2234, Illinois Senate Bill 2104, Nevada Assembly Bill 173, Montana House Bill 252, and Texas House Bill 1348.


“Interest in OEM repair procedures is not a new phenomenon, but this subject has generated a lot of attention in the past few years due to the increasing complexity of modern vehicles,” Schulenburg said. “SCRS and ASA worked collectively with partner groups in 2011 to address this topic. Collision repairers recognize OEM repair procedures as the documents for repair, but we need to be able to identify in a way that repairers can point to. Our groups collectively issued a statement that we recognize published repair procedures from OEMs as the official recognized standard for collision repair.


“I think it will only become a bigger issue, especially as that technology increases and vehicles become more complex. Consumers want the technology, a lot of which is safety-related, and their interest drives the demand for it, which will continue to perpetuate the issue. It’s important to point out that the insurance industry is also pushing for technology. While the collision industry feels resistance to the necessary steps to restore functionality on the claims settlement side, the insurance industry is very supportive, if not driving, the development of these technologies to increase highway safety and reduce frequency.”


Redding agreed that the interest in OEM repair procedures hasn’t lessened and reiterated the question he has heard from others about why it isn’t happening more quickly. Comparing the 2018 and 2019 bills, Schulenburg emphasized the importance of industry organizations documenting what is recognized as the industry’s standards and being the voice of the industry when necessary.

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