There is currently no legislation at the federal level requiring rental
car companies to pull recalled vehicles off the road. While companies
are prohibited from
selling a recalled vehicle, the same does not apply to renting a recalled vehicle.
However, that may soon be changing. Facing pressure from safety regulators,
Hertz, the nation’s second-biggest rental car company, has agreed
to federal oversight of its rented vehicles.
As reported by
USA Today, Hertz has reached an agreement with safety advocates to ask Congress
to authorize the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to oversee
recalls in the rental car industry. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., have already indicated that they will introduce
legislation to do that after Congress reconvenes later this month.
Sen. Schumer previously introduced the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe
Rental Car Act of 2011, named after two young women who died in a 2004
California car accident involving a recalled Enterprise rental car. A
month before Enterprise Rent-a-Car rented a PT Cruiser to Raechel Houck,
24, and her sister Jacqueline, 20, the rental agency was informed of a
serious safety defect—power steering fluid could leak and ignite
under the hood. Because Enterprise failed to remove the vehicle from its
fleet of rental cars, the two sisters later died in a fiery crash.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or
defective vehicle, don’t hesitate to
contact a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.