California Assembly approves AB 335, Ensuring Marine Manufacturers Maintain Compliance with Consumer Protection Law

The California Assembly approved late last week Assembly Bill 335 (AB 335) by a unanimous vote of 77-0, following passage in the California Senate by a vote of 38-0.

This legislation is critical for marine manufacturers to maintain compliance with federal consumer protection law. Passage of AB 335 secures a win for the recreational boating industry and ensures that manufacturers may collect and retain consumer information from marine dealers to verify warranties and contact owners in the event of a safety recall, which is currently prohibited under California’s personal privacy law.

The bill will head to Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) desk for final approval, where it is expected to be signed into law and enacted on January 1, 2022. NMMA and its members will continue to advocate for the full implementation of this bill in the weeks to come.

For more information, please contact NMMA manager of western region policy and engagement, Chris Mitton, at cmitton@nmma.org.