Senator Boxer demands car rental companies stop renting recalled vehicles

May 11, 2012

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The next time you rent a car, you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s safety recall records because some car rental companies may be renting cars that have been recalled due to dangerous defects without having them serviced.

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has called on major rental car companies to pledge not to rent out vehicles facing safety recalls until they are repaired in light of the 2004 deaths of two Santa Cruz women who died while driving a recalled rental car that had been neglected.

Senator Boxer and Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), have sponsored legislation that would make it illegal for companies to rent or sell vehicles until safety defects that triggered recalls are fixed. Boxer said she wrote to the four leading companies — Hertz Corp., Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings Inc. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc.– asking them to voluntarily agree to “this basic commitment to protect consumers.” Boxer said Hertz already has a policy consistent with the pledge.


Should rental car companies be required by law to service recalled cars before renting them to customers?


Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-California)

Cally Houck, mother of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck who died in a 2004 crash involving a rental car that did not get the safety recall upgrade needed.

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