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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is opposing South Dakota
Senate Bill 103, a measure recently introduced by state Sen. Nancy
Turbak to establish certification provisions regarding the use of
replacement automotive crash parts.
The bill was introduced Jan. 16, passed in the state Senate Jan. 25 and moved to the South Dakota House of Representatives.
“ASA opposes these state parts certification bills,” said Bob Redding,
ASA’s Washington, D.C. representative. “Vehicle owners should have
notice and consent in writing to the use of the replacement crash parts
used in the repair of their vehicle. This bill allows for insurers to
have too large a role in the certification of these parts. Similar
legislation has been introduced on several occasions in other states.
Consumers and shops lose with these types of parts policies. ASA has
urged South Dakota shop owners to contact their representatives in
opposition to this bill.”
The legislation states that no insurer may require the use of
replacement crash parts in the repair of a motor vehicle unless the
part is at least of like kind and quality to the part being replaced in
terms of fit, function and finish. The text specifically recognizes
parts that meet American National Standards Institute standards,
including those provided by the Certified Automotive Parts Association.
The bill also states that, within 12 months of purchase from the
dealer, no insurer may require the use of non-original equipment
manufacturer replacement crash parts in the repair of a motor vehicle.
To view the bill, click HERE.