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SENATE BILL NO. 263
INTRODUCED BY R. HOLDEN, P. SLITER
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROHIBITING AN INSURER FROM AUTHORIZING OR REQUIRING
THE USE OF
AFTERMARKET NONORIGINAL CRASH REPAIR PARTS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR
WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION CONSENT FROM THE INSURED PERSON OR CLAIMANT; ALLOWING A
WAIVER FOR THE USE OF NONCERTIFIED PARTS; PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR VIOLATION; AND
PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Purpose and definitions. (1) The purpose of [sections 1 through
3 4] is to protect the
consumer by prohibiting an insurer from authorizing the use of aftermarket NONORIGINAL crash repair parts on certain
vehicles without the written permission CONSENT of the insured person or claimant.
(2) As used in [sections 1
and 2 THROUGH 3], the following definitions apply: (a) "Aftermarket crash repair part" means a part for an automotive vehicle made by a company other than the original
manufacturer or a licensed affiliate and applies only to the following metal, fiberglass, or plastic motor vehicle crash repair
parts: hood; fender; radiator support; cowl panel; doors; roof; rocker panel; quarter panel; and trunk lid. (b)(A) "Insurer" includes any insurance company or insurer, as defined in 33-1-201, and any person authorized to
represent an insurer with respect to a claim.
(B) "NONORIGINAL CRASH REPAIR PART" MEANS A PART FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE MADE BY A COMPANY OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL MANUFACTURER OR A LICENSED AFFILIATE AND IS LIMITED TO ONLY THE FOLLOWING: METAL, FIBERGLASS, OR PLASTIC MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH REPAIR PARTS; HOOD; FENDER; RADIATOR SUPPORT; COWL PANEL; DOORS; ROOF; ROCKER PANEL; QUARTER PANEL; AND TRUNK LID.
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Prohibition of unauthorized act by insurers -- written
requirement -- waiver for noncertified parts. (1) An insurer may not authorize or require the use of an aftermarket A
NONORIGINAL crash repair part on a motor vehicle that is 4 years old or newer without FIRST OBTAINING the written
permission CONSENT of the insured or other claimant VERIFIABLE BY THE INSURED'S OR OTHER CLAIMANT'S
SIGNATURE ON THE REPAIR ESTIMATE OR WORK ORDER.
(2) AN INSURER OR AUTOMOBILE BODY REPAIR FACILITY SHALL NOTIFY THE CUSTOMER ANYTIME THAT A NONORIGINAL CRASH REPAIR PART IS TO BE INSTALLED.
(2)(3) Unless the insured person or claimant grants permission in writing for the use of an aftermarket A
NONORIGINAL crash repair part that is not certified, an aftermarket A NONORIGINAL crash repair part must be certified
by the United States department of transportation, the certified auto parts association, or another certification organization
that is recognized by the commissioner.
NEW SECTION. SECTION 3. FRAUD. (1) IT IS CONSIDERED INSURANCE FRAUD UNDER TITLE 33, CHAPTER 1, PART 13, IF AN AUTOMOBILE BODY REPAIR FACILITY OR A PART PERSON PLACES A NONORIGINAL CRASH REPAIR PART ON A VEHICLE AND SUBMITS AN INVOICE FOR AN ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT PART.
(2) AN INSURER, INSURANCE PRODUCER, OR OTHER PERSON WHO HAS REASON TO BELIEVE THAT FRAUD HAS OCCURRED UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL COMPLY WITH THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF 33-1-1303.
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Penalty for violation. A violation of [section 2] is punishable under the provisions of 33-1-311 through 33-1-318.
NEW SECTION. Section 5. Codification instruction. [Sections 1 through
3 4] are intended to be codified as an
integral part of Title 33, chapter 18, and the provisions of Title 33, chapter 18, apply to [sections 1 through 3 4].
NEW SECTION. Section 6. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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