Improving Safety in the Rental Car Industry

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press released regarding a request on Congress to pass legislation that would require rental car agencies and used car dealers to fix safety defects before renting or selling vehicles that are under recall. Currently, rental car agencies and used car dealerships are allowed to sell or rent cars that are under recall status without getting the recommended repairs done.

Grow America Act

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, in combination with other officials and advocates, are calling on Congress to pass the new legislation. The Grow America Act would include provisions that would require rental car agencies and used car dealers to remedy automobiles under recall for safety defects. Nobody should buy a used car or rent a car with a dangerous or deadly defect.

Rental Cars with Deadly Defects

At this time, rental car agencies and used car dealers can legally rent and sell cars to customers knowing that the cars have dangerous and defective parts. You could rent a car on vacation with a dangerous defect in need of repair. The used car you’re buying could have a serous defect. Furthermore, they don’t actually have to disclose the information to you. Basically, they’re allowed to rent and sell cars that are under recalls from the manufacturers without actually fixing those defects. From exploding airbags to ignition switch failures, the cars you rent or buy could be in dire need of repair.

Cracking Down on Manufacturers

Since auto and auto part manufacturers have been less than forthcoming and cooperative about safety defects in the last year, the NHTSA is also cracking down on them for not taking recalls and safety defects seriously enough. Takata, makers of the faulty airbags, are going to be fined $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate with the NHTSA’s ongoing investigation of the defective airbags.

Injuries Due to Defective Parts and Products

It can take months or years for defective parts and products to be recalled, so if you think a faulty product caused your injury, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. It’s also important to report any suspicions you might have to the NHTSA and to the automobile manufacturer.

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