Schumer Leads Way In Battle For Rental Car Safety Provision

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is being asked to explain why the rental car industry shouldn’t have to live by the same rule that requires auto dealers to fix vehicles under recall notice before they can be sold.

Two consumer groups and a key lawmaker — Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. — have asked the FTC to force the country’s largest rental company, Enterprise Holdings Inc., to fix vehicles under recall before renting them out. Enterprise Holdings is the parent company of rental car companies Enterprise, National and Alamo.

Safety groups say most business travelers or those renting cars for long trips don’t know whether the vehicle they pick up at the rental lot has been the subject of a recall, posing a potential safety threat. The issue has taken on more significance this year following a series of safety recalls by Toyota Motor Co. and several large recalls involving other automakers.

Congress could get involved next year.

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