PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) supports a Rhode Island state bill that would curb insurers' power to specify auto repair materials and procedures.
Rhode Island House Bill 8013 would forbid insurers from requiring "repair specifications or procedures" that do not comply with vehicle manufacturer recommendations.
Scott Benavidez, director of the ASA Collision Division, testified in favor of HB 8013 at an April 24 hearing before the Rhode Island House Committee on Corporations
"Vehicle manufacturers issue recommended repair procedures for a reason," Mr. Benavidez said.
"The use of materials such as high-strength steels, and the need to recalibrate modern electronic vehicle control systems, demand specific processes, tools and equipment in order to achieve a proper and safe repair," he said.