H. R. 6094
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 10, 2012
Mrs. Capps (for herself, Mr. Engel, and Ms. Schakowsky) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit rental of motor vehicles under a safety recall because of a defect related to motor vehicle safety or noncompliance with an applicable motor vehicle safety standard until the defect or noncompliance is remedied, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe
Rental Car Act of 2012.
Application of motor vehicle safety standards to car rental companies
Covered rental vehicle and rental company defined
Section 30102(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—
by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (11) as paragraphs (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (12), and (13), respectively;
by inserting before paragraph (2) (as so redesignated) the following:
rental vehicle means a motor vehicle that—
is rated at 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight or less;
is rented without a driver for an initial term of less than 4 months; and
is part of a motor vehicle fleet of 5 or more motor vehicles that is used for rental purposes by a rental company.
by inserting after paragraph (10) (as so redesignated) the following:
company means a person who—
is engaged in the business of renting covered rental vehicles; and
uses for rental purposes a motor vehicle fleet of 5 or more covered rental vehicles.
Notification by rental companies to renters
Section 30119 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:
Notification by rental company to renter
A rental company that receives a notification required under section 30118 of this title that includes the vehicle identification number of a covered rental vehicle during a period in which the vehicle is rented shall, as soon as practicable, contact the renter of the vehicle and any authorized driver of the vehicle for whom the rental company has immediate contact information to inform the renter and authorized driver of the defect or noncompliance.
The Secretary of Transportation may not begin any process to promulgate regulations under subsection (g) of such section, as added by paragraph (1), until the date that is 3 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Limitation on sales, leases, or rentals by rental companies
Section 30120(i) of such title is amended—
in paragraph (1)—
in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)—
, or the manufacturer has provided to a rental company
notification about a covered rental vehicle (including the vehicle
identification number for such vehicle) in the company’s possession at the time
of notification, after
time of notification; and
the dealer may sell or lease and inserting
dealer or rental company may sell, lease, or rent; and
(A), by striking
under the sale or lease and inserting
under the sale, lease, or rental agreement;
in paragraph (2),
or rental company after
in the subsection
heading by striking
Lease and inserting
, Lease, or
Prohibition on making safety devices and elements inoperative
of such title is amended by inserting
rental company, after
dealer, both places it appears.
Inspections, investigations, and records
Matters that can be inspected and impoundment
Subsection (c)(2) of section 30166
of such title is amended by striking
or dealer both places it
appears and inserting
dealer, or rental company.
Records and making reports
Subsection (e) of such section is amended by
or dealer each place it appears and inserting
dealer, or rental company.
Providing copies of communications about defects and noncompliance
of such section is amended by inserting
rental companies or
dealers or to.
The Secretary of Transportation may conduct a study of the effectiveness of the amendments made by this section and of other activities of rental companies (as defined in section 30102(a) of title 49, United States Code, as added by subsection (a)(2)) related to their use and disposition of motor vehicles that are the subject of a notification required under section 30118 of title 49, United States Code.
The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date that is 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act.