(USA Today) In the face of an industry wide 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. NHTSA has been investigating the auto-rental industry for more than a year after the industry was accused by safety advocates of renting cars that were recalled by automakers but not repaired. According to NHTSA, which sets and enforces motor-vehicle safety standards, all safety recalls involve a risk to motor vehicle safety, and the vehicles should be fixed promptly.
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