If your car is recalled for a safety defect, you should receive a notice from the manufacturer. But what about when you rent a car? As it turns out, there is not a law that says rental-car companies have to tell you whether the car you’re renting was recalled or whether the problem was fixed.
For example, in 2004, two people died in a rental car crash that was at least partially caused by a recalled but unrepaired vehicle. Enterprise Rent-A-Car paid a $15 million settlement. After the settlement, Enterprise, and many other rental car companies, such as Budget and Hertz, pledged in writing not to rent or sell rental cars that had not been repaired.
But the pledge is voluntary. Efforts to make it illegal for companies to rent recalled cars with defects has failed to pass Congress. The current bill in Congress is the Raschel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013, named after the two sisters who died in the Enterprise rental crash.
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