Consumer in Rhode Island now have the right to choose OEM parts on insurance-paid repairs made up to 48 months after the vehicle’s manufacture date – and insurers must pay for them. The law extends this OEM option from its original 30 month time frame.

Senate Bill 2679, along with its companion House Bill 8013, took effect on July 4 without the signature of Governor Gina Raimondo. Legislation passed in Rhode Island within 10 days of adjournment can become law without the Governor’s signature after a waiting period of six days.

According to Collision Week, amendments in the new law expand:

  • The definition of aftermarket and OEM parts to include any motor vehicle replacement part, removing the word “body” from the previous version of the law
  • The scope of the law to include any insurance claim, not just first party claims covered by the previous law
  • The time frame where insurers must provide written disclosure of the requirement to include and pay for OEM parts on an estimate to 48 months from 30 months

The bill also prohibits insurance companies from requiring a repairer to deviate from OEM repair procedure recommendations stating “When “OEM part(s)” are used in the repair of a motor vehicle, no insurance company may require any repairer to use repair procedures that are not in compliance with the recommendations of the original equipment manufacturer.”

Motor vehicle glass repairs made by licensed glass repair shops are exempted from the new requirements.

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