A Rhode Island House Bill (HB 8013) that seeks to expand restrictions currently in place on non-OEM aftermarket collision repair body parts in first-party claims to any collision damaged parts is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, April 24. The legislation, the companion to Rhode Island Senate Bill 2679 that was held for further study by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 3, is scheduled to be heard by the House Corporations Committee on April 24 in Room 203 of the State House.

The bill was introduced by Representatives Marshall, Corvese, McKiernan, Casey, and Tobon on March 29.

The legislation seeks to amend current law Sections 27-10.2-1 and 27-10.2-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 27-10.2 that address “Motor Vehicle Body Replacement Parts” regulations. Like its companion in the Senate, the bill would:

  • Remove limitation that current laws on non-OEM parts are restricted to first-party claims, extending to any claim.
  • Expand the requirement for consumer written consent to aftermarket parts to 48 months from the current 30 months
  • Expand notice on non-OEM parts usage to any collision damaged part, not just body replacement parts as in current regulations.

The bill also seeks to prohibit insurers from requiring “repair specifications or procedures” not in compliance with vehicle manufacturer recommendations.

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