Pledge To Not Rent Recalled Automobiles Resisted By Rental Companies

by Cornelius Nunev

The federal government has for some time, as well as some people in the public, been aware that car rental corporations are not getting recalled cars fixed. Car rental corporations have been asked to promise, in writing, never to rent out recalled cars but some major rental agencies are resistant to the idea.

Signing a pledge

Currently, according to AutoBlog, Senator Barbara Boxer of California is intending to convince the largest car rental businesses to sign a promise not to rent out cars that have been recalled but not yet repaired. Hertz has already signed said promise, but other large car rental companies are thus far hesitant to sign it. Enterprise, also the parent company of National and Alamo, hasn't agreed to sign Boxer's pledge. Dollar/Thrifty is also refusing to sign it.

USA Today point out that Boxer's pledge has also been rejected by Avis-Budget so far.

Investigation into it

Ten recalls between 2006 and 2010 for General Motors and Chrysler were looked at in a 2010 National highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation, according to ABC. The investigation looked at Hertz, Enterprise and Avis/Budget to see what percentage of the models was fixed within 90 days of the recall. Chrysler and GM are popular rental vehicles, which was why they were chosen.

Hertz fixed 34 percent of recalled vehicles, Enterprise fixed 65 percent and Avis/Budget fixed 53 percent. These were all fixed within the 90 days of recall status the NHTSA looked under.

It also depended on a recall. For instance, a 2007 recall by Chrysler for randomly failing brake systems was fixed within the 90 days 61 percent of the time by Avis, 46 percent of the time by Hertz and 65 percent of the time by Avis. A 2010 recall for sticking accelerator pedals in Pontiac cars got all vehicles grounded at Avis and Enterprise.

Not requiring everyone to fix a recalled automobile

The car rental company investigation came because of a case a mother filed after her two daughters were killed in an accident. The accident occurred in 2004, and the mother wound up getting $15 million in damages from Enterprise. The business admits it was at fault as well. The two girls that were killed, Jackie and Rachael Houck, were driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser they had rented that was recalled for a steering fluid leak. This brought on a fire to start, and the girls wound up driving straight into an oncoming semi-truck.

According to Enterprise, consumers should be permitted to drive a rental car with an open recall as long as they know the recall is there. This is supposed to be a loophole in the bill that was introduced in 2011, according to AutoGuide. The bill requires that rental car businesses cannot let consumers rent vehicles if there is an open recall, but the bill did not end up going anywhere.

Rental corporations are currently permitted to rent vehicles that have not been repaired but are in a recall. It does not even matter how severe the recall is.

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