Rental car drivers have no federal law requiring rental car companies to warn consumers that the vehicle they are renting is under a safety recall.
The U.S. Senate is considering legislation to close the loophole. It is difficult to say if this is actually a protection for the passenger or for the rental company. The legislation would allow rental car companies to rent vehicles if they give notice of the recall. Is this not just passing the buck to the consumer?
South Dakota Senator John Thune’s bill would allow rental car companies to rent recalled vehicles that haven’t been repaired as long as they disclose the defects and their decision not to fix them in writing to the renter. However, some states prohibit rental car companies from renting recalled vehicles.
Current law imposes requirement on new car dealerships to fix recall defects.