SECTION 1. Section 1. Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out section 34R and inserting in place thereof the following section:— Section 34R. (a) Definitions.
As used in this section, the following words shall have the following meanings: “Crash part”, motor vehicle parts of sheet metal or plastic that constitute the visible exterior of the vehicle, including inner and outer panels, which are to be replaced as the result of a collision. “Original manufacturer part”, any part of a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to, crash parts, that was designed and manufactured by or under the authority of the manufacturer of said vehicle and authorized to display the trademark of said original manufacturer.
“Non-original manufacturer part”, any part, including, but not limited to, crash parts that is not an original manufacturer part.
(b) Whenever the replacement of a crash part is necessary for the repair of a motor vehicle, any insurer or repairer, or agent thereof, shall prepare a written estimate of the cost of such repairs which shall clearly identify each major replacement crash part to be used as either an original manufacturer part or a non-original manufacturer part. (c) Attached to any such estimate that specifies non-original manufacturer crash parts for use as replacement parts shall be the following notice and authorization form, printed in not less than 10-point type, to be signed by the vehicle owner:
CONSUMER NOTICE & AUTHORIZATION FORM
This repair estimate is based in part on the use of replacement parts that are not supplied by the original manufacturer of the damaged parts in your vehicle. Warranties, if any, applicable to these replacement parts are provided by their manufacturer or supplier rather than the manufacturer of your vehicle.
Insurer/Repairer Comments: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Repairs on your vehicle will not commence unless you have completed and signed this form. By signing in the space provided below, you are stating the following:1. I have reviewed and understand this notice and any comments provided herein by the insurer/repairer with regard to the quality of the replacement parts specified in this estimate that were not supplied by the manufacturer of my vehicle.
Date: ____________ Signature: _____________________
(d) Failure to comply with the provisions of this section shall constitute an unfair or deceptive trade act or practice pursuant to the provisions of chapter 93A.
SECTION 2. Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2002 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following new section: Section 34S. Aftermarket Parts-Identification. All aftermarket parts manufactured after January 1, 2010, shall carry sufficient permanent identification so as to identify its manufacturer. Such identification shall be accessible to the extent possible after installation.
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