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Damage disclosure legislation awaits governor

November 24, 2010
A bill to expand the list of components on a new vehicle which can be repaired without triggering damage disclosure passed the Illinois General Assembly May 8. It now heads to Gov. George Ryan, to be signed or vetoed. After the measure, Senate Bill 1851, is delivered to Ryan, he has 60 days to act on it. Dealers now must disclose new-vehicle damage when the cost to repair the damage exceeds 6 percent of the vehicle's MSRP. However, damage to glass, tires, bumpers and in-dash audio equipment can be replaced with OEM equipment without triggering disclosure. The pending legislation adds video and telephonic elements to that list. Another bill on May 8 was scheduled for a third and final vote in the Senate. House Bill 4353, which cleared that chamber in April, would make it illegal for anyone to install or reinstall in a vehicle any object in lieu of an air bag which is designed specifically for the make, model and year of that vehicle, according to federal safety regulations. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn the spring session on May 17. Other legislation advocated this session by lobbyists for the CATA appears unlikely to pass before adjournment. Proponents of Senate Bill 1851 should write letters to the governor. Address them to: The Honorable George Ryan Governor of Illinois State House Springfield, IL 62706