HARTFORD, Conn. (July 31, 2015) — Legislation recently passed by the Connecticut legislature that covers the installation of aftermarket parts in vehicles has been sent to Gov. Dannel Malloy for his signature and enactment into law.
Connecticut Senate Bill 99 mandates that new vehicle dealers must present customers, at the time of sale, with printed explanations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which regulates warranties for the protection of consumers and provides that vehicle manufacturers may not deny warranty coverage based on the use of an aftermarket part alone.
The legislation, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), requires new-car dealers to provide purchasers with a written statement declaring it is illegal for manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed or because someone other than the dealer performed service.
The Auto Care Association and the Tire Industry Association have long protested the actions of auto makers that insist on dealer service and original equipment parts as a requirement of vehicle warranties. Both trade groups have petitioned the Federal Trade Commission several times in recent years to strictly enforce the Magnuson-Moss Act.