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On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Nationwide Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) has announced a new federal law for recalled rental cars. This legislation was brought forth by the family of Raechel and Jacquelinn Hook, sisters who died in a rental vehicle that was under a safety recall that had not been repaired. The new law states that all rental car agencies must immediately fix any and all safety defects on vehicles prior to renting them out to customers.
Upon the new law passing, U.S Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx released the following statement: “When a family picks up a rental car on vacation, they should be able to expect it is free of any known defect. I thank Congress and the safety advocates who helped turn this common-sense into law.”
Federal law states that any dealer with fleets larger than 35 vehicles are now mandated to repair all recalled vehicles prior to them being rented to potential customers. The new law further looks out for the best interest of the American public and provides the NHTSA with tools to protect and monitor the safety of U.S motorists. This law will go a long way in ensuring the cars and trucks on the road a safe.
The May Firm Injury Lawyers are pleased with the new ruling to further protect the American public. Should you or a loved one ever be injured by the negligence of another, please contact us at (888) 510-2933 for a free consultation.
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