Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
As I posted earlier this summer, recalled rental cars are routinely rented out. The deadly crash that brought this issue to light has now settled, but Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety and the Center for Auto Safety have taken up the battle to request that the Federal Trade Commission require rental agencies to repair recalled vehicles before renting them.
Enterprise-Rent-A-Car admitted negligence in the suit, but the company indicated that it “might not immediately carry out recalls it did not consider major safety problems,” according to a recent story in the New York Times. Even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cannot force rental-car companies to carry out recalls, a spokesman said “we expect the rental car companies to provide safe cars to their customers by submitting the recalled vehicles to the appropriate manufacturers for the appropriate safety repairs in a timely fashion.”
Unfortunately, putting profits above the safety of consumers seems to have become an acceptable part of the business plan for some corporations. Let’s hope this trend reverses as enough people speak out about the dangers of overlooking or minimizing safety.
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Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2011 edition), and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)– national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.
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