Maryland Moves Forward with Auto Glass Safety Law

December 10, 2021

On August 27, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) issued proposed Safety Glass Replacement Standards regulations, subject to a public comment period, pursuant to Maryland Ch. 461 (H.B. 519) Acts of 2021, the new state auto glass safety replacement legislation passed by the state legislature earlier this year.

The legislature required the MVA to “adopt regulations to standards and requirements for aftermarket safety glass replacement that meet or exceed the requirements of the American National Standards Institute/Auto Glass Safety Council/Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard.”

AGSC submitted a comment that praised the proposed new standard and offered two suggested modifications. The MVA proposal virtually mirrors and repeats the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard already in place. In an October 12 virtual meeting with AGSC and other commenters on the proposed regulations, the MVA agreed to address AGSC’s proposed modifications. In response to a request from a commenter, the MVA considered removing the actual language of the AGRSS and using only the reference to the most current edition of the AGRSS standard in the proposed regulations for the state law. However, upon review, the State Attorney General’s Office rejected that proposal, as it would in effect allow a non-governmental organization, the AGSC AGRSS Standards Committee and ANSI, to change state law.

MVA will either issue a revised proposal for comment or just promulgate its original proposal into the state regulations.

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