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Daily Legislative Brief from March 14, 2017

Legal & Judicial

SB 466-Relating to Motor Vehicle Warranty Repairs and Recall Repairs
On Tuesday, March 14th, SB 466, relating to Motor Vehicle Warranty Repairs and Recall Repairs, by Senator Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) was heard in the Senate Committee on Transportation and passed by a vote of 4 yeas to 0 nays. AIF stood in opposition to this bill.

This bill prohibits a licensee, except as authorized by law, from denying a dealer’s claim, reducing the dealer’s compensation, or processing a chargeback to a dealer for performing covered warranty or recall repairs on a used motor vehicle under specified circumstances. The bill alters the playing field and may have a chilling effect on manufacturing in general. The complex issue surrounding safety recalls should be a federal matter, better addressed at the national level with the goal of creating uniform public policy that improves motor vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet.

SB 466 will move on to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism to be heard.

AIF OPPOSES legislation that would intervene in any contractual agreement between a dealer franchise and an auto manufacturer, voluntarily entered by each party, and dictate new terms and conditions of such mutual agreement that favor one party over the other.