Car Rental Companies Renting Out Recalled Vehicles

By Peter DePaolis

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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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.