Hertz agrees to government oversight of recalled cars

In the face of an industrywide safety investigation, the nation’s second-biggest rental car company has taken the rare step of asking for government regulation to ensure that autos under recall are fixed before they’re rented.

Hertz has struck an agreement with safety advocates to ask Congress to put recall oversight of the industry under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., say they plan to introduce legislation to do that after Congress reconvenes later this month.

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