Rental cars that are subject to an open recall must be repaired before they can be rented or sold to customers due to a new law that went into effect on June 1st of this year.
The new law is a part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 that was enacted last December. (49 U.S.C. §30101 et seq.).
The law applies to rental companies with over 35 vehicles in their fleet. Under the law, rental companies cannot rent cars they have been notified have recall notices until the issues have been corrected. Rentals must be stopped within 24 hours of receiving notice. If the defective part is not immediately available, the rental company may follow the temporary measures recommended by the manufacturer.
“It’s critical that every recalled vehicle, whether new, used, rented or leased, is repaired as soon as possible. Rental agencies operate some of the largest fleets, so this law will go a long way in ensuring the cars and trucks on the road are safe,” said Mark Rosekind, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Large recalls such as those of Takata airbags in Honda and Acura vehicles and GM ignition switches have been in the news quite a bit lately. The new law does not give cause for new lawsuits, but does define their care of duty. Consumers should now be able to safely rent a vehicle free from the dangers of open recall issues.
If you believe you have been injured by a defective part in an automobile, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.