Federal lawmakers could soon be getting tough on those rental car companies that continue to rent out vehicles which have been recalled by their manufacturer.
A California Senator announced her intentions to today hold a press conference designed to put pressure on rental car companies who have not pledged to make a commitment to curtailing the issuance of recalled vehicles. In May, the senator asked Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar/Thrifty, and Avis to commit to permanently stop renting or selling vehicles that have a known safety defect until which time that defect could be fixed.
The only company to reportedly comply fully with the directive issued by the senator was Hertz. And even though negotiations with other companies have been ongoing, there has reportedly not been much progress made. The senator seems to have her sights set on Enterprise, who recently paid out $15 million in a civil suit brought against them by the family of two sisters who had died in an accident involving a recalled rental vehicle.
Those two individuals who passed away will have their mother attending the press conference which is scheduled to take place today. This latest move is designed to put public pressure on the companies who have yet to comply. A bill currently making its way through the Senate would make a commitment to the cause a requirement.