Report: ABC News says rental car companies often rent recalled vehicles

In a startling and bone-chilling admission for anyone who has ever rented a car, executives from Enterprise, the world”s largest car rental company, and parent to National and Alamo, admitted in court to having rented out recalled vehicles, before they were serviced.

“When demand called, we rented out recalled vehicles, it happened, I won’t lie,” said Mark Matias, a former Enterprise area manager in San Francisco. “If all you have are recalled vehicles on the lot, you rent them out. It was a given. The whole company did it. Enterprise’s corporate offices look the other way regarding this fact,”

Apparently none of the big rental companies, Enterprise, Avis, or Hertz, have policies which bar the renting out of recalled vehicles. Such situations are handled on a case-by-case basis.

The court case with Enterprise involved a 2004 incident whereby two sisters, 24 and 20, were driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser which they had rented from Enterprise in Santa Cruz California to visit their parents in Ventura County California. The two died instantly after their car caught fire and hit an oncoming semi. The car had been rented out two other times between the recall and the accident.

The parents of the girls turned down a $3 million settlement offer which would have required their silence and prevented them for public out-speak against Enterprise. A jury later awarded them $15 million.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: ABC