Rental Car Companies Now Banned From Using Recalled Vehicles
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 02, 2016 in Car Accidents
A new law prohibiting rental car companies from using vehicles recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) went into effect on Wednesday, June 1. Rental car companies with more than 35 vehicles must take any recalled vehicles out of rotation until they are repaired.
Originally introduced as the The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act, the law was included in a $305 billion highway bill approved by Congress last year. Raechel and Jacqueline Houck were involved in a fatal wreck involving a rental car that had been recalled in 2004. Their mother lobbied Congress for many years to ban the use of rental vehicles that had been recalled.
Lawmakers who pushed for the passing of a recalled rental ban praised the law and know that it will help save lives. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind believes this is just one more tool that will protect motorists.
"Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make this happen. We still have work to do, to close the car dealers' loaner-car loophole. But meanwhile, this is a huge victory." Cally Houck said in a public petition update.
The law goes into effect just as the industry is dealing with the largest recall in U.S. history. More than 50 million vehicles have been recalled for defective Takata airbags. According to the NHTSA, only eight million of the affected airbags have been repaired. It has been estimated that all the repairs will not be completed until 2019 as Takata is having difficulty keeping up with the demand for fixed airbag parts.
While the new law impacts rental vehicles, it does not affect recalled vehicles at used car dealerships. Motorists should be vigilant in checking if the vehicle they are about to purchase has been recalled.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident caused by a defective vehicle part, you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm is knowledgeable in product liability law and can help you determine your legal options.