NHTSA looking into whether rental car companies get recalled vehicles fixed before renting

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into whether rental-car companies are completing repairs on recalled vehicles from General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC before renting or leasing them to customers. NHTSA said that it is looking at nearly 3 million recalled vehicles and will be auditing the repair history of 29 U.S. models built between 2000 and 2010.

The investigation is to give NHTSA “an indication of how completely and how quickly rental car fleets, in general or individually, perform necessary recall-related repairs or other remedies on the vehicles owned and then leased for use on the roadways.”

A Washington-based group, Center for Auto Safety, filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission urging Enterprise Holdings Inc. to repair vehicles before they rent them to customers.

NHTSA “has been informed of incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death claimed to have been caused by safety defects and failures” that are “on rental car vehicles for which a safety recall to remedy the safety defect or noncompliance had allegedly not been performed prior to the rental car company’s lease of the vehicle.”

The NHTSA seems to be busier than ever before.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News