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Rental Car Companies Finally Forced to Do Right Thing about Recalled Cars

October 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM | by | ()

There’s been an on-and-off battle over recalled rental cars for quite some time, one which has been in and out of the new for at least the last few years. Basically, car rental companies haven’t been doing their best when it comes to pulling recalled cars off the lot or sending them in for the necessary repairs. Obviously this isn’t a good idea, and that’s especially the case when it results in injuries, accidents, or other bad stuff.

Obviously there’s certain rules and regulations that have to be followed, but the basic premise is that rental car companies need to yank recalled cars off their lots as soon as possible. The new legislation requires the companies to stop renting out vehicles no later than 24 hours after getting the official recall notice, but the time period stretches up to 48 hours if the recall affects more than 5,000 cars within their garage.

Well it seems like wishes have been grated—at least for now—as rental car companies look to be finally doing the right thing when it comes to these recalled rentals. The industry has agreed to stop renting or selling recalled cars until they’re fixed or repaired. For some time certain companies—we’re looking at you Enterprise, National, and Alamo—were kind of dragging their feet because of this reason and that reason. However, now it looks like all the big boys are on board, so you should be all set if you’re renting from Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, National, or Enterprise.

Uncle Sam—under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—will now even have the right to go and check out rental car companies and their procedures, practices, and programs. We’re not saying that government oversight is always the best option, but at least now there will someone besides the rental car company looking to ensure that the brakes, seatbelts, and steering wheel are all properly connected and in good working order.

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