Did you know that there is currently no federal law in place that requires
a rental company to inform a driver that the car they are renting is under a
safety recall? On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the United States Senate is examining legislation
that would change this. This is the direct result of the
airbag recall from Takata Corp., which has thus far recalled 57 million airbags across
the globe, with 34 million in the United States alone. This airbag recall
is the largest in United States history.
Takata Airbags Result in Injury & Death
The Takata airbags have caused eight known deaths from their deployment.
At least one of the victims of the airbag deployment was driving a rental
car at the time of the accident. By law, auto manufacturers must repair
any known defects to a motor vehicle before it can be sold. Car rental
companies, by contrast, do not have to repair any safety defects before
allowing a car to be rented out for use. There is no federal or legal
consequences for renting a vehicle with a known safety concern.
Takata airbags have been found in numerous models, including:
- General Motors
This new legislation, introduced by Senator John Thune, would require rental
companies to disclose all defects in a vehicle before renting it out,
but would not require that they fix the defect. Some legislators think
this is not enough. They believe that more needs to be done by the rental
companies without shifting that responsibility onto the consumer.
If you or a loved one have been affected by a
lemon, you should speak with an attorney from Norman Taylor & Associates
right away. We can work on your behalf by speaking with the manufacturer
or car dealer first and pursuing legal actions second. With us, you can
get the resolution you need! Find out more by speaking with our team in
a complimentary consultation!