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Rental cars may cause car crashes in Pennsylvania

Recalls on vehicles are fairly common. Sometimes they are critical recalls and some of them won't affect the safety of the vehicle. Most people might assume that most drivers service their recalled vehicles, but it would surprise many people to know that rental car companies have not been servicing all of their recalled cars.

These recalls may be causing car crashes in Pennsylvania because rental car companies don't want to take the cars out of commission until repairs are made. Many cars from these companies also lack common safety features that many people have come to expect with recent model year vehicles. Now, federal regulation is being pushed by some consumers to help prevent more death and severe injuries from rental cars.

Deaths have occurred across the country from rental companies failing to repair vehicles under recall. One woman in another state lost her daughters in a car accident after the rental car she was driving caught fire. The car had a recalled power-steering fluid system, which caught fire, causing the woman to veer into a semi-truck.

Another woman was serious injured when her rented vehicle rolled over four times. The accident left her permanently disabled because of a spinal cord injury. The car she was driving lacked traction control, which would have helped prevent the accident, and only would have cost a few hundred dollars to have installed.

Similar car crashes might occur in Pennsylvania if companies aren't held accountable for their negligence. Even with federal regulation, some companies may fail to maintain their vehicles or provide customers with safety features they expect.

Source: USA Today, "Safety advocates: Rental car recalls should be regulated," Gary Stoller, Feb. 21, 2012

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