The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has revised its regulations on how to provide ‘clear and reasonable’ warnings as required under Proposition 65 for possible chemical exposures while in rental vehicles.
The amendments are in response to concerns from the rental car industry that prominently displaying Prop 65 warning stickers could make the vehicles easier to identify as rentals, and therefore more vulnerable to break-ins.
The new amendments provide car rental companies with a number of options for informing consumers of this warning. The consumers can be warned using any of the following options:
- The warning can be included in the rental agreement, on the rental ticket jacket or on a tag which is hung from the rental vehicle’s rearview mirror.
- The warning can be on a sign, at least 22-point type that is posted at an area in the rental facility where rental transactions are processed. The warning sign should be easily noticed, read and understood by the renter while processing the vehicle rental.
- The warning can be included in the electronic rental contract as well as in the confirmation that is emailed to the renting party.
- The warning can be a clearly marked hyperlink word “WARNING” on the online reservation page or prominently displayed to the renters before they complete the online reservation.
The updated regulations take effect on October 1, 2019