Rental firms urged to heed recalls – 5/10/12

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The Detroit News

Study: 2.7M used cars for sale on Web in ’11 weren’t repaired

Washington —Pressure is mounting on rental car companies to repair recalled vehicles before they are rented, while a new study shows that millions of used cars aren’t repaired before being sold.

A study released this week by Carfax says that last year more than 2.7 million used cars were offered for sale online with safety recalls that weren’t repaired.

Under federal law, only new-car dealers are required to complete recall repairs before vehicles are sold.

Used cars and rental cars can be sold or rented without being fixed. Often, buyers or renters don’t know there’s a problem.

This week, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., sent letters to the four leading rental car companies and asked them to commit to protecting consumers. She noted Hertz has already adopted the policy.

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