The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about a new federal law requiring rental car agencies to fix cars that are under recall for safety defects. As of June 1, 2016, rental car agencies must fix any and all open safety defects before renting out vehicles to consumers. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and Dr. Mark Rosekind, NHTSA Administrator, have been advocating for safer rental cars, so families can enjoy their vacations and trips without the threat of injury causing or fatal crashes due to a recalled vehicle. Under the new legislation, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, any company or dealer with fleets greater than 35 vehicles will be prohibited from renting out recalled vehicles.
U.S. Recall Statistics
- In 2014, there were nearly 900 auto recalls.
- Those recalls affected 51 million vehicles nationwide.
- Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads are under recall for a safety issue.
Deadly Rental Car Accidents
Sadly, the bereaved family members of those lost in deadly rental car accidents have pushed this legislation through. The family of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck have been essentially championed this very important new law. The Houck sisters died in an accident involving a rental vehicle that was under a safety recall but had not been repaired. Nobody thinks that the car their renting on vacation or a work trip is capable of having a safety defect. It should be common sense that a rental agency would simply take the car out of service to be repaired. Unfortunately, rental car agencies haven’t taken the initiative to repair these dangerous cars before renting them out to consumers. Rental agencies no longer have a choice. Under the new law, they have to repair recalled vehicles.
Defective Auto Parts in California
The NHTSA is encouraging all motorists to check their vehicles for safety recalls. You can use the Recall Look-up Tool at Safercar.gov, and it only takes a few minutes. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident due to a defective or faulty auto part, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.