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 |  Feb 23 2012, 8:31 PM

Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced its formal support for federal legislation to oversee the way car rental companies manage the safety recall process for vehicles in their fleets, joining Hertz in the fight.

Hertz recently turned to the government hoping for help enforcing priority recall repairsfor fleet vehicles over privately owned cars. The news comes at a critical time for Enterprise, since much of this debate circles around the fact that they accepted responsibility for the deaths of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, who were driving a rented vehicle from Enterprise that had been recalled, but not repaired.

“The vehicle was under recall at the time. The tragedy of the Houck sisters’ deaths can never be undone, and all of us at Enterprise are profoundly sorry,” Enterprise said in an email.

The accident occurred in 2004, but ongoing discussion around this issue began two years ago and it appears that a movement will ensure timely repairs on recalled vehicles. Enterprise originally believed that the additional oversight was not necessary, but have since changed their stance.

“But even with all of these safeguards, a number of individuals and organizations have asked for additional oversight in the form of federal legislation. In the past, we believed that this step was unnecessary, but a growing number of people, including our customers and business partners, clearly want more assurance on this critical issue. We hear them – and what we’ve heard has caused us to rethink our stance.”