N.H.T.S.A. Opens Audit of Rental Car Repairs
As a Chicago lawyer with auto accident and products liability experience, I am appalled that rental car agencies failed to fix recalled vehicles in a timely manner. I am hopeful that this will never happen again, and the rental car companies will be held responsible for their carelessness.
Citing troubling reports of injuries and deaths in rental cars, “the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun investigating whether millions of rental cars are being fixed when they are recalled for safety problems.” (C. Jensen, 11/23, NY Times blog Wheels).
The agency opened the investigation to audit the recall remedy chosen by rental car companies. Some have accused the rental car agencies of waiting too late, until it was convenient for them, to issue the necessary recalls. The NTSHA has asked Chrysler, Ford and General Motors to aid them in the investigation. This follows a tragedy this year where Enterprise “admitted in a California court that its failure to fix a Chrysler PT Cruiser was responsible for the deaths of two California women when it caught fire and crashed.”