The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced that it supports New Hampshire House Bill 664, which addresses OEM repair procedures for collision repairs.
ASA urges all repairers to send a letter to their state legislators to show their support. To send a letter, visit ASA’s legislative advocacy website.
ASA states that when repairing a vehicle after a collision, it is imperative that the vehicle is returned to the owner with the same operational functionality prior to the collision. By following OEM repair procedures, ASA says, repair facilities are ensuring that a vehicle is prepared in the safest, most efficient process possible. HB 664 addresses these issues.
In a letter to the New Hampshire Senate Committee on Commerce, Bob Redding, ASA Washington, D.C., representative, reiterated: “The original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) repair procedures are the logical repair processes to be followed. To be clear, ASA does not support the use of OEM parts only. ASA’s interest is in requiring the industry to adhere to a set of repair procedures that assure the best opportunity for vehicle safety on our highways. House Bill 664 calls for vehicle repair standards that should be an accepted, standard practice in the collision industry.”
ASA has emphasized the importance of pre- and post-repair scans in the collision repair process. The bill’s language recognizes policymakers’ interest in providing for scanning as part of the repair process: “If the repair procedure or specification from an original equipment manufacturer includes a directive to conduct a scan, calibration or diagnostic test of a vehicle’s electronics systems before or after the commencement of repairs, such directive shall be considered as a required part of the repair procedure.”
To see the letter in its entirety, click here.