A 2010 audit by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that car rental companies fix only half of recalled vehicles within a year. This past April, the American Car Rental Association (ACRA) announced a proposal that would allow rental companies to decide the seriousness of automobile recall issues. The measure gives rental companies the freedom to decide whether to take a potentially dangerous or defective vehicle out of its fleet.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants rental companies to abide by the same restrictions as car dealerships. He introduced legislation that would ban companies from renting out any vehicle with a safety issue. The cars would have to undergo the needed repairs before the companies could rent them to consumers. The senator pointed to two sisters in California who lost their lives in a car accident while driving a rented car under recall.
Senator Schumer said the ACRA’s proposal allows rental companies to “shirk their responsibility” when it comes to consumer safety. He added that the proposal would lead to more tragedies among car rental customers.
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