The company said its corporate hire fleet vehicles are currently from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Model Years. All of the recalled vehicles are from model years prior to 2010.
“The vehicles in the Hertz car rental fleet are from the current and most recent model years, and typically avoid the maintenance and repair issues consumers may encounter with older cars,” commented Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark P. Frissora. “Our emphasis on clean, safe and newer cars results in higher levels of customer confidence that their rental experience will be trouble-free. Whenever a vehicle in our fleet is subject to a safety recall, it is taken out of the fleet immediately not rented again until it has been repaired.”
It is Hertz’s policy not to hire or sell a recalled vehicle until it is fixed. In January, Hertz was the first hire car company to reach an agreement with Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) that mirrors the planned federal legislation announced on September 27, 2012. The legislation, which is consistent with current Hertz policy, prohibits recalled rental vehicles from being hired until they’ve been fixed, and also allows hire companies to continue managing the recall and repair procedure.