Major Rental Companies Agree to Not Use Recalled Vehicles

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The nation’s four largest rental car companies have agreed to not rent recalled vehicles until all listed defects have been repaired. The four companies, which collectively represent 93 percent of the rental car market, have agreed to these safety policies and to support legislation that would make these policies a law, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Hertz and Enterprise had previously claimed they do not rent vehicles that have not been fixed, but have now officially pledged to follow the new rules. While federal law to prevent unrepaired recalled vehicles from being sold already exists, the law does not apply to rental car companies. The proposed new law, that will be backed by rental car companies, would require dealers to stop renting vehicles within 24 hours of a safety recall being announced and within 48 hours if the recall affects more than 5,000 vehicles in the company’s fleet of cars. These vehicles could not be sold or rented until the repairs are completed.

The proposed bill, known as the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2012, is named after two sisters who died in a car crash while driving a rented vehicle that had not been repaired for a recall issued more than a month prior. Since the incident in 2004, the victims’ mother and legislators, including Senator Barbara Boxer, have advocated on behalf of the new legislation.

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