ACRA Opposes Amendment to Recall Bill

On Nov. 5, the House of Representatives passed a highway bill (H.R. 22), which included the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2015 (or recall bill), by a 363-64 margin.

The recall bill included the Williams Amendment. Proposed by Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), the amendment states only companies whose primary business is renting vehicles — rental car companies — are subject to the bill’s restrictions of grounding vehicles under recall.

This means car dealers would be exempt from being required to ground vehicles in their rental fleet that have an unrepaired safety recall from the manufacturer.

The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) support this amendment. NIADA urged its members to support the Williams Amendment. In a statement, NIADA said passage of the recall bill without the Williams Amendment “could cripple them or put them out of business entirely.”

The American Car Rental Association (ACRA) strongly opposes this amendment, which serves as a carve-out for auto dealers, who often rent or loan vehicles to their customers. ACRA advised the House to reject it.

“All car rental customers expect and deserve the same level of safety protection when renting a vehicle — whether it’s from a car rental company or rented (or loaned) by a car dealer,” according to a ACRA letter written to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “There is no justification for this dual safety standard. …”

“Why should customers who rent from an auto dealer risk being put into a vehicle with an unrepaired safety recall?” according to ACRA. “If auto dealers are in the business of renting vehicles, then all rental vehicle laws should apply to them.”

The bill now moves to a House/Senate conference committee. That conference will be taking place in the next few weeks; the current federal highway program authorization ends on Nov. 20.


  1. dan [ November 12, 2015 @ 07:41AM ]

    looks like Williams is a political puppet for NIADA and NADA..No reason Dealer should not be held to the same standards.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Market Forces Driving Car Rental in 2018

An analysis of the conference calls of Avis Budget Group and Hertz Global Holdings reveal trends and initiatives involving fleet right sizing, pricing, ancillary revenue opportunities, and renting to ride-hailing drivers.

Trends Moving the Truck Market

Storylines that emerged from the 2018 Work Truck Show include the increasing need for on-site productivity, inclusion of active safety systems in trucks, DPF frustrations affecting product decisions, data management, and the growing link between fleet management and company revenue.

MIT Study Reinforces the Newfound Importance of Fleet

Uber and Lyft drivers make far less when factoring vehicle expenses, though the actual numbers are now in dispute. A proper lifecycle cost analysis would’ve helped, and shows the benefit of collaboration with fleet professionals.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.