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 and send a letter in opposition to your South Dakota state representative, visit ASA’s legislative Web site, www.takingthehill.com. The bill can be found under “Track Legislation” by clicking on “South Dakota.”