Simien & Simien, LLC


(800) 374-8422

Click To Call
Update: Simien & Simien is open and we are here to help you as we know your needs do not stop. The firm is currently open and operating. In light of current public health concerns, please know that we are following all health guidelines to protect both our team and our clients. We are offering virtual meetings by request.

Federal Law Prohibits the Use of Recalled Cars as Rental Vehicles


As of June 1, 2016, rental car agencies can no longer rent vehicles to customers if the vehicle has any outstanding recalls. This includes recalls on specific parts as well. These issues must be addressed before the agency can rent it to a consumer.

In 2014 alone, there were roughly 900 vehicle recalls that affected 51 million American motorists. Recalled cars are a serious safety concern for the average driver. Vehicle owners are usually notified of recalls on their vehicle or for component parts via a mass mailing, but how do you know about a recall if you do not own the car? You usually don't.

Rental cars that are subject to a recall have been a particular concern for the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When consumers pick up a rental vehicle, they assume the vehicle is safe to drive. Rental car drivers usually do not think to check the recall status of the vehicle they are assigned, and rental vehicle companies may be counting on that.

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015

The new law only affects rental agencies that have more than 35 vehicles, but that is still the vast majority of rental car agencies or companies. This is also a huge change because it allows the NHTSA's recall authority to extend to rental car companies for the first time ever. That also means that NHTSA's powers to investigate and punish also covers rental car companies as well.

Tragic Inspiration for Change

The family of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck had a hand in the passing of this law. These sisters were killed in a car accident that involved a rental car in 2004. The vehicle was being recalled because of a potential leak in the power steering hose, which could result in a fire. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to these young women. They lost the ability to steer and then the vehicle burst into flames after it hit another vehicle. Their family sued for wrongful death shortly thereafter.

This new law is one step closer to nation-wide compliance with recalls. Recalled vehicles cause thousands of injuries and death across the United States. If you or your family has been tragically affected by a vehicle recall, you have legal options. Contact a personal injury attorney from Simien & Simien today for more information and to schedule a free case evaluation.

Call (800) 374-8422.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
FindLaw Network

Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

If you are looking for a law firm that has knowledge and experience, you will find it with Simien & Simien, LLC.

Free Case Evaluation


Baton Rouge
7908 Wrenwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Phone: 225-224-2222
Fax: 225-932-9286
Map & Directions

Lake Charles
Capital One Tower
Suite 1270
One Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70629

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Phone: 337-436-2121
Map & Directions

New Iberia
424 West Main St
New Iberia, LA 70560

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Phone: 337-551-4242
Map & Directions

Houston Office
3730 Kirby Drive
Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77098

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Map & Directions

New Orleans Office
1615 Poydras Street
Suite 900
New Orleans, LA 70112

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Map & Directions

Nationwide (800) 374-8422