Enterprise to Stop Renting Cars Under Safety Recall

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Clayton-based Enterprise Rent-a-Car has agreed to stop renting vehicles that are under safety recalls. At the same time, the company is endorsing legislation that prohibits the rental and sale of recalled vehicles until the problems are resolved. 

The legislation requires rental car companies including Enterprise to stop renting or selling cars within 24 hours of receiving notices of any safety recalls. 

This move came in part after an accident several years ago that killed two sisters in California who died after renting a car from Enterprise that had safety problems.  Enterprise is the nation's largest renal car operator. Several other major rental car companies are taking part in the effort to support the legislation. 

Among them, Hertz, Avis and Dollar Thrifty. Several senators including Claire McCaskill took part in the drive to support the move. The dead crash happened back in 2004. Two years ago, the family involved won a 15 million dollar jury verdict against Enterprise. 

We're told as it stands now, no law prohibits the leasing of cars under safety recalls.