There is a bill on the table with government, named for these two victims, which could force rental car companies to obey all recall notices. However, that has not yet passed, which leaves you at risk when renting a car. You could very well be driving a rental, right now, that falls on the list of airbag recall vehicles and how would you know whether or not that issue had been corrected?
It is important to speak up about potential safety issues when renting a vehicle. Rental companies have various policies regarding recalls, so check the website for the specific company you plan to rent with. You can also check the list of recalled vehicles and cross check that with the car that you rent. If all else fails, ask the company representative on the day that you pick up the car whether or not it has recently had recall-related repairs. Though car rental is convenient, it is not worth risking your life in a recalled car just because the company didn’t want to be bothered to remove the car from the fleet long enough to have it repaired.