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Crash Part Disclosure/Airbag Fraud Bill Passes California Senate

California S.B. 427, which would increase penalties for failing to repair airbags and require repairers to disclose whether OEM or non-OEM parts are used in a repair, passed the California Senate and now awaits a signature from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill requires all work done and parts supplied by an automotive repair dealer to

Pennsylvania Legislator Proposes Motor Vehicle Airbag Fraud Prevention Act

Pennsylvania Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-District 70, has introduced a bill to penalize fraudulent practices regarding airbag installation and reinstallation. The legislation includes penalties for those who: (1) install or reinstall, as part of a motor vehicle inflatable occupant restraint system, an object in lieu of an airbag, including a light manipulating system; (2) sell or

New Law Bans Insurers from Forcing Consumers to Use Specific Car Rental Companies

Drivers have long been led to believe that they have to have their accident-damaged vehicles repaired and replacements rented at shops selected by insurance companies. A new anti-steering law in New York, however, gives consumers the choice and requires insurers to inform them of their rights. The bill, sponsored by State Senator John Sampson, Assemblymen

California BAR Proposes Vehicle Retirement Changes

Bureau proposes retiring greater number of older, high-polluting vehicles.

Right to Repair Coalition Vows to Try Again in Mass. After Bill Stalls

The Massachusetts state legislature ended its formal session on July 31 without taking action on SB 2517, the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Bill. The bill had been referred to the state’s House Committee on Ways and Means, and the committee opted to take no action. The bill passed the Massachusetts Senate earlier this

Mass. Collision Repairers Pack State House for Second Labor Rate Bill ‘Legislative Day’

Collision repairers and industry supporters came together on Tuesday, July 20 for a successful Legislative Briefing Day on Beacon Hill. The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Massachusetts (AASP/MA) is reporting a turnout of approximately 125 industry professionals, who were joined by 15 state representatives and the legislative directors and aides from another 37 representatives’

Senate Passes Financial Reform Bill Creating Federal Insurance Office

The Senate has passed H.R. 4173, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, in a 60-39 vote, after having stalled activity on the conference report for more than a week. The legislation is now awaiting signature by President Barack Obama. The bill includes augmentation to the current insurance policies, creating a Federal Insurance Office (FIO)

ASA Asks Repairers to Contact Massachusetts Legislature to Stop Right to Repair Bill

Massachusetts’ Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Bill, SB 2517, has passed the state Senate and is now being considered by the House of Representatives. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is asking its members to work to oppose the legislation, which is supported by the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition. ASA believes the legislation puts

Massachusetts Collision Repair Labor Rate Bill Passes Senate

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Massachusetts (AASP/MA) has reported that the state Senate passed the Auto Body Labor Rate Bill (SB 122) on July 13. The bill, which aims to establish an advisory commission and a system to validate collision repair labor rates in the state, now moves to the House Committee on

Small-Business Lending Fund Stalls on Senate Floor

The Small-Business Lending Fund Act of 2010 (HR 5297) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on June 28, but Senate leadership pulled the bill from the Senate floor July 15 after procedural delays. Senate leaders have indicated that they may bring the bill to a final vote prior to the August break. The original bill,

Mass. Right to Repair Group Asks Shops to Get Consumers Involved

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition is asking its supporters to enlist the support of their customers in getting the Massachusetts House of Representatives to vote on SB 2517. The bill has already passed the Massachusetts Senate. "With the legislature’s formal session ending on July 31, it’s critically important that members of the Massachusetts House