Are Rental Cars Receiving Recall Repairs?

are rental cars receiving recall repairs

NHTSA Investigation Action Number AQ10001, opened November 18, 2010 notes:

The agency, particularly in recent months, has been informed of incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death claimed to have been caused by safety defects and failures to conform to minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) on rental car vehicles for which a safety recall to remedy the safety defect or noncompliance had allegedly not been performed prior to the rental car company’s lease of the vehicle. NHTSA understands that there is presently a petition before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeking to prohibit at least one rental car company from renting vehicles on which safety recall campaign remedies remain outstanding. The purpose of this audit query (AQ) is to investigate recall remedy completion by rental car companies on the above-listed safety recall campaigns. These campaigns were chosen due to their inclusion of vehicles used in the rental market. This information is expected to provide the agency an indication of how completely and how quickly rental car fleets, in general or individually, perform necessary recall-related repairs or other remedies on the vehicles owned and then leased for use on the roadways.

But rental companies wouldn’t risk the safety of their customers for a buck would they? The Enterprise/Alamo/National syndicate tells Bloomberg it grounds cars upon receiving recalls… Hertz and Avis have yet to chime in. The weirdest part of it all: only vehicles made by GM, Ford and Chrysler are being investigated. Why are the Accents and Rios receiving recall repairs while Avengers and Malibus are left to be investigated for “failures to conform to minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards”? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? A list of vehicles under investigation can be found below the fold.

Model/Build Years:BUICK / ENCLAVE2009CHEVROLET / COBALT2009CHEVROLET / MALIBU2009CHEVROLET / TRAVERSE2009CHRYSLER / PACIFICA2005-2006CHRYSLER / SEBRING2007-2008CHRYSLER / TOWN AND COUNTRY2005-2006DODGE / AVENGER2007-2008DODGE / CARAVAN2005-2006DODGE / DURANGO2005-2006DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN2005-2006DODGE / NITRO2007FORD / ESCAPE2001-2005FORD / EXPLORER2010FORD / EXPLORER SPORT TRAC2010FORD / FOCUS2000-2005FORD / FUSION2010FORD / MUSTANG2005-2008GMC / ACADIA2009JEEP / COMMANDER2006-2007JEEP / GRAND CHEROKEE2006-2007JEEP / LIBERTY2006-2007JEEP / WRANGLER2007MERCURY / MILAN2010MERCURY / MOUNTAINEER2010PONTIAC / G52009PONTIAC / G62009PONTIAC / VIBE2009-2010SATURN / AURA2009
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  • R129 R129 on Nov 22, 2010

    Based on the blurry rear wheel, the wrapped-up Enterprise rent-a-car pictured above is a Pontiac Grand Prix from the early-mid 90s.

  • Ophelia Ophelia on Nov 22, 2010

    I remember the Sonata steering recall. They were very new cars, but they had to all go back to Hyundai. We were short of vehicles, but they could not be rented. No buts. The Toyotas were the same for mandatory manufacturer recall, but they eventually came back without their floor mats. :)

  • Luke42 I like the Metris quite a bit, but I never bought one.Two problems kept me from pulling the trigger:[list=1][*]It was expensive for what it was.[/*][*]For the price they were asking, it needed to have a plug for me to buy it.[/*][/list=1]I wanted a minivan that could tow, and I test drove one and liked it. The Mercedes dealer stocked both cargo versions and conversion vans. It was a nice vehicle, and I really wanted one for a while.This is the inevitable fate of cars that I like, but don't actually buy.
  • Garrett I would have gone for one of these if it had AWD. If they had offered it, it could have done far better.
  • Michael500 Sorry, EV's are no good. How am I supposed to rev the motor to impress girls? (the sophisticated ones I like).
  • Michael500 Oh my dog- this is one of my favorite cars in human history! A neighbor had a '71 when I was a child and I stopped and gazed at that car every time it was parked outside its garage. Turquoise with a black vinyl. That high beltline looks awesome today!
  • ScarecrowRepair I'd love an electric car -- quiet, torque, drive train simplicity -- but only if the cost was less, if recharging was as fast as gas (5 minutes) and as ubiquitous. I can take a road trip and know that with a few posted exceptions (US 50 from Reno to Utah), I don't have to wonder where the next fuel station is, and if I do run out, I can lug a gallon of gas back.Sure I'd miss the engine sounds and the joys of shifting. But life is all about tradeoffs.
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