The California state Assembly has voted in favor of the nation’s first rental car recall bill which requires rental car companies to remove recalled vehicles from the road.
The bill would close a loophole that allows rental car companies to continue using recalled vehicles, unlike auto dealers who are not allowed to sell or lease cars that have been recalled. Assemblyman Bill Morning, D-Monterey, stated “Consumers need to know that when they rent these cars, that these cars are safe.”
If you have been injured in a car accident where a faulty car part may be to blame, it is essential to contact an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer at once to protect your rights and begin an investigation. In any car accident, several factors may contribute to the harm, leading to multiple claims. Not only is driver error an issue, but if a defective auto part is at fault, the manufacturer or distributor may be found liable in a product liability or negligence lawsuit.
The bill was written after the death of two California women who died when the steering failed on a Chrysler PT Cruiser they had rented from Enterprise Rental Car in central California. The car caught fire after colliding with a truck. Although the rental car company had received notice of a PT Cruiser recall, it continued to lease the vehicles.
Last year, a jury awarded the girls parents $15 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. Sponsors of the bill hope to prevent further tragic accidents.
For more information, or if you have been injured in any motor vehicle accident, please contact the experiencedStockton car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.