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Rhode Island State Senate Passes Pro-OEM Parts Bill

Rhode Island State Senate Passes Pro-OEM Parts Bill The Rhode Island State Senate passed a bill that would restrict insurance companies’ ability to refuse to cover OEM repair parts in certain situations. Under the current law in Rhode Island, insurers are not allowed to require the use of non-OEM parts on vehicles that are less…

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NHTSA Warns Against Installing Aftermarket Steering Wheel Decals

NHTSA Warns Against Installing Aftermarket Steering Wheel Decals The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is warning motorists not to install aftermarket steering wheel decals in their vehicles. This warning comes in the wake of a driver who was severely injured in a collision. The decal became a projectile when the airbag deployed and hit…

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GAO Urges NHTSA to Educate the Public More on ADAS

GAO Urges NHTSA to Educate the Public More on ADAS The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in which it urges the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to “take action to enhance consumer understanding of capabilities and limitations” of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems technology. The report warns that the public largely doesn’t…

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New England U.S. Senators Reintroduce the “Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act”

New England U.S. Senators Reintroduce the “Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act” U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have reintroduced the Used Car Safety Recall Act. The legislation would prohibit automotive dealers from selling, leasing, or loaning a used vehicle with an outstanding safety recall. Dealers would need to…

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U.S. House Passes Bill that could Limit China’s Access to Drivers’ Sensitive Data

U.S. House Passes Bill that could Limit China’s Access to Drivers’ Sensitive Data The U.S. House unanimously approved H.R. 7520, the Promoting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024. This bill would make it illegal for a data broker to sell, lease, rent, trade, transfer, release, disclose, provide access to, or otherwise make available…

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ASA Launches “Repair Policy Scan Tool” Legislative Newsletter

ASA Launches “Repair Policy Scan Tool” Legislative Newsletter Lawmakers rely on constituent feedback to make good decisions. Staying informed about the laws they are considering that could impact an auto repair shop owner or operator’s ability to run a successful business empowers repairers to speak up in crucial moments. But it’s hard to keep up…

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Rhode Island Bill would Limit Insurers’ Ability to Deny Coverage for OEM Repair Parts

Rhode Island Bill would Limit Insurers’ Ability to Deny Coverage for OEM Repair Parts A bill was introduced in the Rhode Island Legislature that would restrict insurance companies’ ability to refuse to cover OEM repair parts in certain situations. Under the current law in Rhode Island, insurers are not allowed to require the use of…

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ASA, OEMs, and SCRS Offer Themselves as a Resource to Congress and Constituents

ASA, OEMs, and SCRS Offer Themselves as a Resource to Congress and Constituents The Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Alliance), and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) have sent a joint letter to Congress offering to assist constituents who are encountering difficulties locating vehicle diagnostic and repair data. The letter…

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U.S. Senators Raise Alarm on Alleged Tesla Safety Flaws

U.S. Senators Raise Alarm on Alleged Tesla Safety Flaws United States Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have sent a letter to Elon Musk following a report from Reuters on Tesla vehicles’ safety flaws. In their letter, the Senators note that, “[t]he report details complaints about suspension connection points, including fore and aft…

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LiDAR Imports and Exports to and from China Scrutinized by U.S. House Members

LiDAR Imports and Exports to and from China Scrutinized by U.S. House Members A bipartisan group of twenty members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the Secretaries of the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and the Treasury raising concern with light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology imports and exports to and from…

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