New law now requires rental car companies to fix defects

New law now requires rental car companies to fix defects

A new law now requires rental car companies to fix known defects before offering vehicles to customers.

Existing regulations had a much more narrow scope, effectively only prohibiting new-car dealers from selling vehicles with known defects. Some rental companies voluntarily kept their fleets up to date with the latest repairs, however there had been no legal mandate to follow such practices.

Congress recently passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, championed by the family of sisters who died in a rental vehicle that had been left unrepaired. Companies with fleets of more than 35 vehicles are now required to fix defects.

“It’s critical that every recalled vehicle, whether new, used, rented or leased, is repaired as soon as possible,” said NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind. “Rental agencies operate some of the largest fleets, so this law will go a long way in ensuring the cars and trucks on the road are safe.”

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has been given expanded authority to enforce the new law, which goes into effect this week.

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