SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 22, May 31, 2012

Hawaii Bill to Restrict Aftermarket Car Audio Equipment Fails to Pass as Legislature Adjourns   

Legislation to ban the installation, ownership or use of any car with aftermarket speakers more than 6.5 in. in height or depth, any five-speaker aftermarket system, any aftermarket speaker more than 100 watts and any aftermarket speaker installed external to the passenger compartment or in an open hatch back was deferred from consideration in 2011. However, the legislature retained the option of reviving the bill in 2012. With the adjournment of the legislature for this year, the bill is now formally dead and would have to be reintroduced in 2013 in order to be reconsidered. The measure was discriminatory toward aftermarket products, as it did not seek to limit systems installed by the original vehicle manufacturer or dealer. If enacted, the bill would have denied hobbyists the opportunity to purchase and install a range of aftermarket alternatives to original equipment stereos. 

For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.