NHTSA urges rental-car companies to fix cars named in recall

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 3, 2010

To ensure that rental-car companies, including Avis Budget Group Inc. and Hertz Global Holdings Inc., complete repairs on recalled vehicles, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be publicizing its investigation.

The administrator of the US auto-safety regulator, David Strickland, said he's working to make public the probe he initiated last week into the repair history of 29 US models in rental-car fleets.

The agency found out that 30% of recalled vehicles in the US aren't repaired. Last Tuesday, Strickland told reporters in Washington that he has been telling rental-car companies to make sure that each driver and every customer in a vehicle is safe.

The problem lies with how the recall process treats rental-car companies. Like retail customers, these rental-car companies have to be notified about the defects but they aren’t required to get the vehicles repaired.

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Auto Safety, said that rental-car companies should not be allowed to rent a car if the repairs aren’t done, much like auto dealers are disallowed from selling unrepaired cars. [via autonews - sub. required]

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