New Legislation To Keep Rental Car Companies From Leasing Unsafe Vehicles

New Legislation To Keep Rental Car Companies From Leasing Unsafe Vehicles


SEASON, RENTAL CARS ARE GETTING SAFER. CONSUMERWATCH REPORTER JULIE WATTS IS HERE WITH NEW LEGISLATION THAT – FOR THE FIRST TIME – SAYS RENTAL CAR AGENCIES CAN’T LET YOU DRIVE OFF IN AN UNSAFE CAR. – Rachel’s steering ability was lost, and they veered into on- coming traffic and hit an 18 wheeler head on. Cally Houck lost both her daughters in a recalled rental car. She says it was the last car on the lot, and the sisters were told it was an upgrade. even though it’d been recalled a month before. and never fixed. – They killed my daughters So, for the last 5 years she’s been lobbying the rental and used car industries. in hopes of saving countless others. – There is no rule that they cannot continue to rent recalled cars at their discretion Well today, a victory! A new Federal law now prohibits any company. with more than 35 rental vehicles. to rent them until all open recalls or defects have been fixed. For the first time, this gives regulators the power to crack down on violators. – – we really needed Cally’s voice in order to get the law changed. Consumer Advocate Rosemary Shahan says the rental car companies started out opposed to the bill, but eventually lent their support .. and were instrumental in getting it passed. but she says car dealers are another story… so their work’s not done yet… – – its already a violation of state law for dealers to rent, loan or sell an unsafe car whether it’s under recall or not, but some dealers seem to think it’s ok. Shahan & Houck say they’re determined to get all recalled cars fixed before they drive off any lot. Hopeful that dealers will head the same direction. as rental car companies. – They’ve seen the light. The dealers, no THE LAW ALSO DOESN’T PREVENT “DEALERS” FROM LENDING YOU A RECALLED LOANER CAR THAT HASN’T BEEN FIXED… SO SHAHAN SUGGESTS… REQUESTING A RENTAL CAR WHEN YOU BRING YOUR CAR IN FOR WORK. IT ALSO DOESN’T PREVENT DEALERS FROM SELLING A USED CAR WITH OPEN RECALLS… THOUGH SOME DEALERs ARGUE CUSTOMERS ARE BETTER OFF GETTING RECALLS FIXED THEMSELVES… BECAUSE THEY MUST BE TAKEN TO MANUFACTURER SERVICE SHOPS. NOW WHEN IT COMES TO CAR DEALERS, SHAHAN SAYS THE FEDERAL LAW does NOT PREVENT THEM FROM SELLING YOU A USED CAR WITH OPEN RECALLS… OR LENDING YOU A RECALLED LOANER CAR THAT HASN’T BEEN FIXED. SHE suggests REQUESTing A RENTAL cAR INSTEAD OF A DEALER LONER… WHEN DROPPING OFF YOUR OWN CAR TO BE FIXED. ##### they give you… or the used cars they sell. And she says it doesn’t prevent used car dealers. fCALLY ASK FOR A RENTAL CAR INSTEAD OF A LOANER. BECAUSE LOANERS MAY NOT BE COVERED BY THIS FEDERAL LAW. ONE OF THE LARGEST DEALERSHIP “DEALERS” FROM LENDING YOU A RECALLED LOANER CAR THAT HASN’T BEEN FIXED… SO SHAHAN SUGGESTS… REQUESTING A RENTAL CAR WHEN YOU BRING YOUR CAR IN FOR WORK. IT ALSO DOESN’T PREVENT DEALERS FROM SELLING A USED CAR WITH OPEN RECALLS… THOUGH SOME DEALERs ARGUE CUSTOMERS ARE BETTER OFF GETTING RECALLS FIXED THEMSELVES… BECAUSE THEY MUST BE TAKEN TO MANUFACTURER SERVICE SHOPS. JULIE, THANK YOU.