Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed H.B. 309, which removes the cost of
airbag replacement from 75 percent total loss calculations, into law on
March 20. The new rule will be effective in October.
The law also stipulates that insurers are bound by terms and conditions
of individual policies relating to airbag reinstallation and that
vehicle sellers are responsible to disclose damage to vehicles only if
they have direct knowledge of it or if the damage occurred while in the
hands of the dealer.
Pat J. Gisler, executive director of the Automotive Service Council of
Kentucky (ASC-KY) said the new law will help save cars that may have
been totaled otherwise and provide more work for shops.
“We’re totaling cars that there actually isn’t that much wrong with
because they’re older and airbags are so expensive to replace,” she
said. “We’re thinking that this will put some money back into the
pockets of shops and consumers.”