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New York Bill Would Mandate Insurance Discount on Vehicles with Collision Avoidance Systems

On May 13th, 2016, New York Assembly Member William Colton (D-47) introduced A 10157, a bill to incentivize the used of collision avoidance systems through a discount on insurance. Specifically, any schedule or rating plan for non-commercial private passenger automobile insurance will be required to provide for 10% reduction in premium charges for comprehensive coverage, personal injury protection and medical payment coverage with respect to any insured vehicle equipped with a collision avoidance system. To read the full text of the bill, click here.

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OSHA Finalizes Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Rule

OSHA is issuing a final rule to revise its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation. The final rule requires employers in certain industries to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness data that employers are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations. The frequency and content of these establishment specific submissions is set out in the final rule and is dependent on the size and industry of the employer. See the full text of the rule here.

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Florida Repairers Call for Automotive Safety Inspections

Currently in Florida, law enforcement is permitted to stop and cite drivers for bald tires, worn brakes or similar equipment issues. But there’s no formal way to get these vehicles off the road and get them fixed up because Florida doesn’t have annual vehicle inspections. Read more here.

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NHTSA Expands and Accelerates Takata Air Bag Inflator Recall

WASHINGTON – The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding and accelerating the recall of Takata air bag inflators. The decision follows the agency’s confirmation of the root cause behind the inflators’ propensity to rupture. Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been tied to ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.

Under the Amended Consent Order issued to Takata this week, the company is required to make a series of safety defect decisions that will support vehicle manufacturer recall campaigns of an additional estimated 35-40 million inflators, adding to the already 28.8 million inflators previously recalled. These expansions are planned to take place in phases between May 2016 and December 2019. The expansions mean that all Takata ammonium nitrate-based propellant driver and passenger frontal air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent, also known as a desiccant, will be recalled.

“Today’s action is a significant step in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s aggressive oversight of Takata on behalf of drivers and passengers across America,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The acceleration of this recall is based on scientific evidence and will protect all Americans from air bag inflators that may become unsafe.”

For more information, please click here.

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Pennsylvania Governor Approves Photo Appraisal Bill

On April 14, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Governor signed House Bill 1638 into law. This bill will allow an appraiser to prepare a repair estimate based on photographs, videos or telephonic means as well as in-person inspections. To see the full text of the final bill, please click here. To see ASA’s original letter of support, please click here.

 

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New Hampshire Parts Legislation Passes Senate, Awaits House Hearing

New Hampshire Senate Bill (SB) 436, introduced by State Senator Nancy Stiles (R-24)  requires an insurer to disclose whether or not an estimate has been prepared based on the use of aftermarket parts. The bill would also prohibit an insurer from requiring or specifying the use of aftermarket parts on certain leased vehicles, vehicles less than 2 years old, or vehicles with fewer than 30,000 miles.

The bill passed the Senate on March 3rd and is scheduled for a public hearing on March 29th.

In a letter to New Hampshire legislature, ASA stated, “We are writing today in support of Senate Bill 436.  This legislation is good for consumers, good for shops and consistent with trends in other jurisdictions.” To view the full text of the letter, please click here.

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NHTSA Announces Automakers’ Commitment to Standardize Automatic Emergency Braking

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today a historic commitment by 20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on virtually all new cars no later than NHTSA’s 2022 reporting year, which begins Sept 1, 2022. For more information, click here.

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White House Announces National Policy on Driverless Cars

The Obama administration said Thursday that it will work with auto makers and state governments on a national policy to speed up the arrival of driverless cars on U.S. highways.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx promised a series of initiatives that will help untangle the myriad legal and technical issues that could gum up the process.

“We are bullish on automated vehicles,”Foxx said. “Today’s actions and those we will pursue in the coming months will provide the foundation and the path forward for manufacturers, state officials, and consumers to use new technologies and achieve their full safety potential.”

Read more here.

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United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC, Porsche AG, and Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (collectively referred to as Volkswagen). The complaint alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal defeat devices installed that impair their emission control systems and cause emissions to exceed EPA’s standards, resulting in harmful air pollution. The complaint further alleges that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by selling, introducing into commerce, or importing into the United States motor vehicles that are designed differently from what Volkswagen had stated in applications for certification to EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). To see the EPA’s full statement, click here.

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ASA Testifies Before Michigan Insurance Committee

On December 2nd, the Michigan Senate Insurance Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 430, a bill to amend the insurance code to prohibit insurers from requiring automotive repairers to use a specific vendor or process to procure parts and other materials.

Automotive Service Association (ASA) President Dan Risley joined with ASA-Michigan President Ray Fisher to testify before the Insurance Committee in support of S.B.430.

To read Dan Risley’s full testimony, click here.

To read Ray Fisher’s full testimony, click here.

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