NHTSA Calls for Stricter Recall Laws

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announces that General Motors will be fined a record $35 million in civil penalties as a result of the automaker's failure to report a safety defect in one of its automobiles, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, May 16, 2014. General Motors Co knew about the link between faulty…

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to put a stop to rental car agencies and used car lots allowing the public to drive unsafe vehicles.

NHTSA is once again calling on congress to pass legislation that would make it illegal for rental car agencies and used car dealers to sell or rent recalled vehicles that have not been repaired. Current laws only make it mandatory for new cars to be repaired before sale, allowing rental agencies and used car dealers to sell or rent potentially unsafe cars.

SEE ALSO: Search for Car Recalls by VIN on NHTSA’s Website

“Every vehicle under an open safety recall should be repaired as soon as possible,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (pictured above). “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.”

Before renting or buying a used car, consumers can check for open recalls using NHTSA’s online VIN scanner.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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