Prohibits insurer from recommending a particular repair facility for replacement of auto glass unless expressly requested by the insured person to do so.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to the replacement of automobile glass
PURPOSE: To ensure a level playing field in the area of auto glass installation and repair.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 2610(b) of the insurance law. The bill seeks to prohibit insurers from attempting to recommend or suggest that auto glass repairs be made at a particular place or shop.
EXISTING LAW: Allows insurers to recommend their insured use particular auto glass repair shops. Current law, however, prohibits insurers from making such recommendations for general auto repair (unless expressly requested by the insured).
JUSTIFICATION: Insurance companies are attempting to steer their own insured to particular auto glass repair facilities - some of which have corporate relationships with the insurer. There is no reason that the repair of auto glass, an essential safety component of a vehicle, should be treated differently than the repair of other safety mechanisms such as brakes. Consumer choice and safety should be the premier concerns when it comes to auto glass installation.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2895 of 2009: Referred to Insurance S.477 of 2007: Referred to Insurance S.3429 of 2005: Referred to Insurance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2144 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to the replacement of automobile glass THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 2610 of the insurance law is amended to read as follows: (b) In processing any such claim
[(other than a claim solely involving window glass)], the insurer shall not, unless expressly requested by the insured, recommend or suggest repairs be made to such vehicle in a particular place or shop or by a particular concern. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01912-01-1