49 U.S. Code § 30106 - Rented or leased motor vehicle safety and responsibility
Rented or leased motor vehicle safety and responsibility
(a)In General.—An owner of a motor vehicle that rents or leases the vehicle to a person (or an affiliate of the owner) shall not be liable under the law of any State or political subdivision thereof, by reason of being the owner of the vehicle (or an affiliate of the owner), for harm to persons or property that results or arises out of the use, operation, or possession of the vehicle during the period of the rental or lease, if—
the owner (or an affiliate of the owner) is engaged in the trade or business of renting or leasing motor vehicles; and
(b)Financial Responsibility Laws.—Nothing in this section supersedes the law of any State or political subdivision thereof—
imposing financial responsibility or insurance standards on the owner of a motor vehicle for the privilege of registering and operating a motor vehicle; or
(c)Applicability and Effective Date.—
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, this section shall apply with respect to any action commenced on or after the date of enactment of this section without regard to whether the harm that is the subject of the action, or the conduct that caused the harm, occurred before such date of enactment.
(d)Definitions.—In this section, the following definitions apply:
The term “affiliate” means a person other than the owner that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the owner. In the preceding sentence, the term “control” means the power to direct the management and policies of a person whether through ownership of voting securities or otherwise.
(2)Owner.—The term “owner” means a person who is—
entitled to the use and possession of a motor vehicle subject to a security interest in another person; or