Rental Cars Under Recall Are Still Being Rented

DENVER (CBS4) – There is no law against renting cars that are under recalls, but one car company CBS4 contacted in Denver was still renting them.

After a woman who was injured in a serious accident on Interstate 25 this year, she discovered the car’s airbags were under recall but hadn’t been repaired. The accident report says the airbags didn’t inflate upon impact.

The victim, Leslie Roberts, rented the car from a company on Colorado Boulevard. Since the accident, the company has changed ownership, but a previous employee told CBS4 some of the vehicles stayed with the facility.

A CBS employee rented a 2011 Ford Fiesta and took the car to a licensed auto repair facility downtown.

There, Matt Hernandez with Tilden Auto Care contacted a Ford dealer.

“I need to check if there are any open recalls on a vehicle,” he said. He quickly found out there is a recall. It hadn’t been completed, and it involved an airbag safety issue.

“I wouldn’t rent that car,” he said. “Absolutely not.”

Since a 2004 accident in California killed two sisters driving a rental car, major firms have agreed to not let out cars under recall. But there is no law against it.

CBS4 returned to the Broadway rental car company to learn if renting recalled cars was an oversight. A man who answered the door refused to answer questions.

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