Driving This Thanksgiving? Feds Launch Crackdown On Unsafe Rental Cars

As the busiest travel holiday of the year gets underway, U.S. safety officials have launched an investigation to determine how quickly rental car companies repair vehicles that have been recalled for safety issues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent letters to GM, Chrysler and Ford asking for details on the recall repair status of almost 3 million cars that are among the vehicles most commonly rented.

NHTSA says the crackdown was prompted by "incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death" allegedly caused by "safety defects" on rental vehicles, including a 2004 case documented in an ABC News report in which two sisters died in a PT Cruiser rented from Enterprise that had been subject to a safety recall.

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