On July 1, 2019, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the agency that oversees Proposition 65 has approved the amendments to the regulations that were put forward on the way to offer "Clear and Reasonable Warnings" concerning potential chemical exposure that will occur through rental motor vehicles. These amendments were created as a result of the issues raised by the rental car industry people that prominent display of Proposition 65 warning stickers will enable easy identification of vehicles as rentals and at the same time attract burglars because it is a common belief that valuables are also carried in rental vehicles. The new rule permits vehicle-rental businesses to use warnings that are less conspicuous and so avoid break-ins.
This new rulemaking has added Sections 25607.36 and 25607.37 to Article 6, which contain safe harbor tailored warnings to avoid exposure to listed chemicals that is likely to occur during the renting of a motor vehicle.
The new regulation will come into effect on October 1, 2019, and is going to provide car rental companies several options to let their consumers know about the warning. One or more of these methods may be used to provide the warning:
Additionally, the warning needs to comply with the following content requirements and should never be printed in smaller than 6 point type size. The word "WARNING" should be printed in bold and capital letters.
Compliance with these new laws by vehicle rental firms is important to cut back the chances of litigation, and moreover, the content provided within the regulation has been deemed "clear and reasonable". These changes are more informative to the general public and also facilitate the rental car industry's compliance with Act, and therefore, considered to be beneficial to the health and welfare of the residents of California.