Rental Car Agencies, Used Car Dealers Urged to Fix Safety Defects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined NHTSA in calling on Congress to pass legislation.

According to a news release from the Department of Transportation, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind joined elected officials and representatives from the rental car industry as well as consumer safety advocates in calling on Congress to pass legislation that would require rental car agencies and used car dealers to fix safety defects before renting or selling vehicles subject to a recall.

The GROW AMERICA Act includes provisions that would require rental car agencies to remedy any safety defects under recall before renting a vehicle, and require used car dealers to do the same before selling a vehicle. Under current law, new cars must be fixed before sale. However, no similar federal provision exists for rental car agencies or used car dealers.

"Every vehicle under an open safety recall should be repaired as soon as possible," said Foxx. "Requiring rental car agencies and used car dealers to fix defective vehicles before renting is a common-sense solution that would make our roads safer. Safety advocates and the rental car industry have taken a stand for safety, and we need Congress to do so as well."

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