We first told you about rental-car companies that were still renting out vehicles that had been issued recall notices. Now, U.S. auto-safety investigators are getting involved to ensure the repairs are being carried out before they are rented.
The investigation is a result of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) being alerted to “incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death” that were caused by defects and failure to conform to federal safety standards.
Part of the investigation includes auditing the repair history of 29 U.S. models to get an indication of how quickly and completely rental-car fleets are being repaired. Furthermore, the NHTSA is looking to verify that recall-related repairs were completed on vehicles that are leased.
Cars that fall under scrutiny include models from General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.
The Federal Trade Commission was petitioned by the Center for Auto Safety in August to look at whether Enterprise Holdings Inc. (the largest U.S. rental-car company) rents cars to its customers before recall repairs have been completed.
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[Source: Automotive News]