The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed HB 1455, legislation addressing Advanced Driver Assistance System calibrations, on March 11 on a mostly partisan Democratic supported vote of 216-120. The House passed bill included a committee amendment with an amendment that establishes a rebuttable presumption that manufacturer recommendations for scans and calibrations are necessary for vehicle safety and for restoration of a vehicle to its pre-loss condition.
The bill makes it an unfair insurance practice for an insurer company, agent, or adjuster to knowingly fail to pay a claim to the claimant or repairer to the extent the claimant’s vehicle is repaired in conformance with applicable manufacturer’s recommendations or specifications. It also includes language regarding information that the repairer is required to provide to consumers and the repairer’s right to use their own tools and equipment as long as they meet or exceed OEM recommendations.
The bill now moves to the Senate where companion legislation is still being considered in committee. The New Hampshire General Court does not adjourn until June 30, 2020.