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New Bill to Prohibit Renting Out Recalled Vehicles

Every year, millions of Americans rent vehicles when traveling for vacation or business. And, when these vehicles are rented, the expectation is that they are in safe-working condition and in a state of repair that does not unnecessarily put drivers and passengers at risk of injury or a car accident. Now a new bill before the federal Senate would help ensure that the vehicles rented by car rental companies are not awaiting recall.

Proposed by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Charles Schumer (D-New York), the proposed law would prohibit car rental companies from renting cars that are subject to a federal safety recall to customers. However, once vehicles involved in the safety recall are inspected and have any defects or issues fixed, the now-safe cars are allowed to be rented in the normal course of business.

According to a report by ABC News, there are over 1.5 million vehicles owned and rented by the nation's rental car companies, and the proposed law could impact upward of hundreds of thousands of those vehicles every year, as that many may be subject to federal safety recalls.

ABC News reports that Enterprise, the nation's largest car rental company, initially opposed the proposed safety legislation, but following a petition drive led by the family of two young women who lost their lives while driving a rental car involved in a recall but was unfixed, the car rental company has now backed the bill.

There is a very important reason that safety recalls are issued for vehicles: they pose a safety risk. Driving a vehicle that has been recalled but not yet been fixed could result in devastating injuries - such as broken bones, brain trauma or death - if the defective part causes an accident.


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