LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 1, 2017) — A committee in the Arkansas House of Representatives has voted down a bill that would have repealed a rule that the Automotive Service Association (ASA) called an important consumer protection for vehicle owners.
Arkansas Senate Bill 291 would have repealed the state requirement for the use of original equipment crash parts in the repair of a vehicle still under manufacturer's warranty unless the owner gives written consent otherwise.
SB 291 was defeated by voice vote at a Feb. 24 meeting of the Arkansas House Insurance and Commerce Committee, after having passed the Arkansas Senate 21-9.
The ASA thanked its Arkansas members for expressing their opposition to the bill to their legislators.
“Vehicle owners deserve notice as to the types of parts used in the repair of their vehicle after an accident,” said Robert L. Redding, Washington representative for the ASA.