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Feds look into claims that Hertz rented vehicles that were under recall

Nissan and Ford vehicles are at the heart of the inquiry

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Is the car you're renting safe for you to drive? Maybe...maybe not.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it's received information indicating that Hertz rented vehicles to customers from 2018-2020 without required recall repairs performed on some vehicles.

NHTSA says it will investigate to determine whether Hertz complied with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

The act requires -- among other things -- that a rental company not rent a vehicle subject to a safety recall unless the recall remedy has been performed.

Of particular interest: Nissan and Ford

Nissan had 31 recalls during that period affecting some 5 million vehicles.

Among them was one in September 2019 for 1.2 million vehicles in which the rearview camera might not display an image.

Ford, meanwhile, had 31 recalls from 2018-2020 involving more than 5 million vehicles.

One of the largest was in March 2018 for 1.3 million vehicles in which the steering wheel could detach while the vehicle was being driven.

It's not clear if any of the vehicles listed above were rented by Hertz customers.

Cooperation from Hertz

Hertz says it's aware of the government inquiry and that its policies require removal of vehicles that are under a safety recall from its rentable fleet.

“We look forward to working with NHTSA on their review,” said Hertz spokeswoman Lauren Luster.

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