U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York is introducing a bill to stop car rental agencies from renting automobiles that are under recalls for problems that aren’t yet fixed. The industry recently proposed a two-tiered system in which cars would be kept off the road if the recall involved serious safety issues. Recalls considered less serious would be fixed as soon as possible, but the cars wouldn’t be “grounded” until then, under the proposal by the American Car Rental Association. Sen. Schumer stated:
Rental car agencies appear more interested in reaping profit by keeping recalled vehicles on the road than they do with ensuring the safety of the individuals and families who are driving their cars.
This bill should be passed and promptly so. The law is needed because of serious crashes in recent years involving rental cars under recalls. He said car rental agencies must be held to the same standard as automobile dealerships that don’t lease cars for longer terms until a problem identified in a recall is fixed. Sen. Schumer believes all recalled vehicles should be off the road until they’re fixed. The latest proposal by car rental companies to create a vague double-standard that defines some recalled cars as safe and others as dangerous allows these companies to shirk their responsibility to folks who rent their vehicles. This is a most serious safety issue and one that Congress should act on. A consumer who rents a car, unlike a private owner, won’t be notified that the car is under recall. That can no longer be tolerated.
Source: Insurance Journal
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