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Some Enterprise Rental Cars Lack "Standard" Airbags

Herewith a very interesting Kansas City Star report on Enterprise Rent-a-Car's decision to save $11.5 Million by ordering Chevrolet Impalas without the side airbags that come standard with the car for retail sales.

Of course other cars come without side air bags. But as the head of a safety research company told the Star, ""I've never seen a standard safety feature removed from a vehicle. That's what's so unique about this. I've been doing this work for 17 years and, until now, had yet to see this happen."

Enterprise sold some such cars, and that was foolish, as the article indicates. They will buy those cars back. But what about the current rental fleet? Let's pray that no one is killed in a side-impact collision while driving a rented Chevy Impala. And here's some free legal advice to Enterprise: make sure you get a signed release from everyone who rents an Impala stating that they know their rental car lacks this particular piece of standard safety equipment.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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