Sen. Boxer Urges Car Rental Majors to Sign Recall Pledge

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today sent letters to the four leading rental car companies — Hertz, Enterprise, Avis Budget Group and Dollar Thrifty — asking them to commit to the following pledge: “Effective immediately, our company is making a permanent commitment to not rent out or sell any vehicles under safety recall until the defect has been remedied.”

The letters ask that the companies reply to Boxer and to make correspondence with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) within 30 days of the letter, and that after the deadline she will publicize which companies signed the pledge. According to Boxer’s release about the pledge, Hertz has already given its correspondence to NHTSA.

Boxer is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1445, the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act.

You can read in the following links the full text of Senator Boxer’s letters to Hertz Global Holdings, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis Budget Group and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.


  1. Steve [ May 7, 2012 @ 10:33AM ]

    I am curious if Senator Boxer feels that all cars should be subject to this same principle. If I may child or grandchild were to be picked up by a friend, neighbor, relative, taxi or other vehicle than a rental, how do I know that car is safe. Why not ground all vehicles?

    The newest trend is Peer to Peer rentals - any car on the road today can be a rental vehicle tomorrow.

  2. vic [ May 9, 2012 @ 01:03PM ]

    They waste so much time!!!! what happened to common sense and personal responsibility

  3. Tom [ May 9, 2012 @ 08:11PM ]

    Why does anyone listen to the most liberal,anti business Senator in the Senate. She is holding hostage the major car rental companies over a one time incident that Enterprise caved over. Show some back bone as well as common sense and tell her to take a hike.

  4. Robert [ May 11, 2012 @ 08:22AM ]

    Rental car companies don't manufacture cars. Where is the law for the companies that manufacture these vehicles. How much expense, lawsuits and customer issues will be created by enacting such rules? Senator boxer seems to be trying to solve the symptoms and not the problem, if any. Is the Senator going to have the manufactures' indemnify the rental car companies? How many issues are we talking about?

  5. Steve B. [ June 2, 2012 @ 12:34PM ]

    In response to Robert's comment:
    There are laws for "for the companies that manufacture these vehicles" - they are legally required to issue recall notices, which they do. Since the rental car companies are choosing not to do the proper thing of their own accord, the next logical step is to legally require them to not sell or rent a recalled vehicle until it has been fixed. It really is that simple, folks.

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