Recalls affect many different parts of vehicles. Some issues are minor, whereas others - like an air bag recall or faulty brakes - could cause life-changing injuries or death. Although many recalls make news headlines, consumers cannot stay educated on every recall. Most drivers pay attention to recall news when they hear their vehicle manufacturer mentioned, or they receive a notification from a dealership or manufacturer about the issue. However, when one rents a vehicle they are probably not familiar with the recall history associated with that particular year, make, and model. As of June 1, 2016, individuals who rent vehicles from certain providers will have the peace of mind (if the rental provider complies with the law) that the vehicle they are driving has been repaired for any safety recalls.
The new law grants the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the power to regulate the consequences violating rental car providers will face. Not all rental car providers must comply with the new law. Only organizations that maintain fleets of 35 or more vehicles are subject to the new legislation.
Although it was not a rental vehicle, Raleigh injury attorney Brent Adams fought and won a wrongful death case that involved a child's death due to a defective minivan door latch. Mr. Adams won a $5 million settlement for the surviving parents. If you are concerned that a rental car company rented a recalled vehicle to you with safety defects that had not been repaired, or a defective part on your own vehicle contributed to accident damage and/or an injury, you should learn more about your legal rights. Take time to learn more about how to check a specific vehicle's recall history, schedule a complimentary consultation with a Raleigh injury attorney, and gather as much information as possible before moving forward with a claim.