Daily News Briefs: May 10, 2012

By Kelsey Mays  on May 10, 2012

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After Wednesday's Carfax study showed more than 2.7 million used cars were listed for sale online with unrepaired recalls, pressure is mounting on rental car companies to repair cars under recall before renting or selling them. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a letter to several major renters — Enterprise, which includes Alamo and National, as well as Avis and Dollar/Thrifty — urging them to heed all recalls before renting or selling a car, The Detroit News reports. Hertz has already agreed to do so. Boxer noted that after 30 days, she'll publicize which rental companies haven't made the pledge. The Detroit News noted that rental companies usually have better repair rates than general consumers, but it's still modest: GM and Chrysler have told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that only about 30% of cars sold to rental companies were repaired within 90 days of a recall, and over 50% were repaired within a year.

In other news:

  • Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News predict new-car sales may reach 14.3 million cars in the U.S. this year, marking it the best full year since 2007's 16.1 million.
  • At an electric vehicle conference in Los Angeles, former GM product chief Bob Lutz said automakers should market EVs for "energy security and the efficiency of the American transportation system" rather than the usual environmental reasons, Automotive News reports.
  • Tesla Motors reported first-quarter losses nearly doubling, to $89.9 million, as it ramps up to selling its Model S sedan, but the EV maker expects higher revenue once the car goes on sale as early as next month, according to Automotive News.

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Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays likes quality, reliability, safety and practicality. But he also likes a fair price.  Email Kelsey


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