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ASA collision leaders focus on vehicle disclosure, replacement crash parts consent

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 00:00
Automotive Service Association (ASA) collision leaders included vehicle disclosure legislation and replacement crash parts notice and consent among top issues discussed recently on Capitol Hill. ASA members expressed support for H.R. 164, the “Damaged Vehicle Information Act,” proposed by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

The act directs the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require greater disclosure of information relating to the market value and safety of damaged motor vehicles. H.R. 164 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

In addition, ASA leaders emphasized the need for consumers to have information about replacement crash parts, and explained that ASA’s policy for automotive replacement crash parts stresses that consumers should have notice as to the types of crash parts used in repairing their vehicles and grant written consent of the use of these parts.

Throughout the day on Capitol Hill, ASA urged members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R.164 and also consider a requirement for written disclosure about the types of crash parts used in a repair, at the time of the repair; as well as a requirement for consumer consent in writing regarding the use of these parts.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry. ASA’s headquarters is in Bedford, Texas.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services.

For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.asashop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

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