Everyday, people across the U.S. rent cars, vans, trucks, and SUVs for planned vacations, business trips, or even for a simple date night. Most of us don’t worry about the vehicle we are renting, because we feel as if the company we are renting from has done their job in making sure the vehicle is safe before we begin to drive it.
But what happens if the vehicle we are renting has some sort of recall or defect that has been issued, but the rental company knowingly still rents the vehicle out without it being repaired? This surely can be dangerous, and it actually happens more often than many think.
A study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that with every recall that was issued for particular vehicles, that only a percentage of them were repaired in a timely manner.
Avis/Budget rentals repaired only 65% of total recalled vehicles within 90 days.
Enterprise repaired only 53% of their recalled vehicles in 90 days
Hertz repaired only 34% of their recalled vehicles in 90 days
Considering the amount of vehicles rented from these companies on a daily basis, anything less than 100% is not acceptable. When we rent, we believe that the vehicle is going to be safe and in good working condition. We have a right to believe such, and a right to rely on the rental agencies to provide a safe vehicle.
So, is there liability for a rental agency, if an incident occurs as a result of an unsafe condition for a car we rent? Most likely, if the injured person can prove that the rental agency “knew or should have known” of the defect, then the answer would be yes, most likely, the rental company has liability.
Auto manufacturers are generally fairly ardent in providing notice of safety recalls. As an auto rental company, whose business relies on providing safe cars for travelers, the radar should be at high alert for any safety recalls from the auto manufacturers. If they are ignored, then the auto rental agency should have liability.
As a Phoenix Car Accident Injury Lawyer, there are many steps that have to be taken in order to keep the consumer safe from dangerous products and also from the companies that are allowing the consumer to purchase (or rent in this manner) possible recalled vehicles. This is too dangerous to even take a chance on. Be aware and safe out there everyone!