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One of the nation’s largest rental-car companies has acknowledged in court that it regularly rents vehicles even though it is aware that they are covered by a safety recall and should be first taken in for repair.
That news came out in a California court case involving the death of two women whose rental car caught fire after a collision with a tractor trailer.  The PT Cruiser they were provided by Enterprise had, in fact, previously been rented out three times after the company had received a recall notice from Chrysler. After turning down an initial $3 million settlement offer, which would have sealed the court documents and silenced the Houck family, a jury returned a $15 million settlement in the family’s favor. The rental firm says it held off on renting 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokees that had airbag problems, and 35,000 Toyota and Pontiac models potentially experiencing problems with sticky accelerators.
Safety experts quoted by ABC note that there are no specific policies at either of the two largest rent-a-car firms, Hertz and Avis, against renting recalled vehicles before they’re repaired.  Instead, they make decisions on a case-by-case basis depending on the recommendations of the vehicle manufacturers.
A race spectator's camera caught the scene as, descending Lookout Mountain, Taylor Phinney crashes into the guardrail just after crossing the bridge over the Incline Railway. Jeanne Crawford knows how risky the Scenic Highway bridge across the Incline Railway can be.
Crawford's family has owned and operated Lookout Mountain Memories gift shop by that bridge since 1928, and she's seen the left-hand bend of that bridge claim more than a few cars over the years.
Before the road ahead of the bridge was paved about three years ago, she'd go out after every rain and pick up car parts. Crawford, a retired Hamilton County schoolteacher, had an up-close view Monday when professional cyclists Taylor Phinney and Lucas Euser wrecked on the bridge during the men's road race at the USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships.
That's the same thing Euser remembered: a moto forcing him and Phinney to change course, resulting in the accident.
On the other side of the bridge from Crawford, mountain resident Beth Ward was shooting pictures as Phinney and Euser crashed, although she didn't realize what she had photographed until later. One photo captures the accident: Phinney sliding under the guardrail just past the bridge as his bicycle bounces down Scenic Highway, Euser on the right, trying to keep his bike upright, and a race motorcycle in the right-hand lane on the bridge.


The photo shows hay bales placed at the front edge of the bridge, but none at the end where Phinney went into the guardrail.
Ward said she heard Phinney moaning, at one point saying, "my leg," while Euser tried to keep him calm until medical help arrived. Phinney's mother, Connie Carpenter Phinney, is a former national champion cyclist and Olympic gold medalist. Time stamps on Ward's photos show it took just six minutes from when Phinney hit the guardrail until he was on a gurney to be put in an ambulance. Phinney was transported from Chattanooga on Saturday to continue his recovery at a hospital in Park City, Utah.
Ward said that accidents such as Phinney's and the fatality in last year's 3-State, 3-Mountain Challenge concern her as a resident and driver on Lookout Mountain.
As for the future of USA Cycling's national championships in Chattanooga and on Lookout Mountain, Crawford said she remains a fan of the event and hopes to see the cyclists return next year and for years to come. It then turned around and sold the used Impalas without mentioning the airbags had never been installed. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. Phinney broke the tibia and fibula in his left leg, derailing what had been a great start to the season and dashing his plans to race in the Tour de France next month. What she saw in Ward's photo was that the motorcycle forced the two riders to change their angle into the left-hand turn. Cyclists know to look out for them, and vice versa," USA Cycling director of communications Bill Kellick said Friday. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois).


The feeling of being outdoors is nothing short of perfect and should be enjoyed by everyone.
They also managed to blame on Hertz by saying that we don’t have any policy or procedure either for recalled cars. While the article inaccurately generalizes rent-a-car companies, stating they do not have policies or procedures in place for recalls, at Hertz, we in fact, have a clear, long standing company policy to promptly repair all vehicles subject to manufacturer safety recalls. Hertz is constantly in communication with the automobile manufacturers to insure the safety of our customers and we take all necessary steps to expedite the completion of such repairs. Safety recalls, such as the recent Toyota accelerator pedal issue, will result in all vehicles being placed on hold from rental until such time that all necessary repairs are completed.
In addition to safety recall notifications, automobile manufacturers often provide customer satisfaction program notices.
While such notices are not safety related, Hertz aggressively completes these repairs in a timely manner as they often represent vehicle appearance or comfort features. At Hertz, we err on the side of caution and only continue to rent vehicles if, after careful review, we determine there is no safety risk. As a company, we take manufacturer recalls very seriously and our customers’ safety is our top priority. One such disability fishing group, The British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA), was founded in 1996 by Terry Moseley to help develop opportunities for people with disabilities to access the activity of fishing in the UK. Spin fishing from the many beaches and inshore fishing from open boats is a popular pastime for Barbadians   With this in mind, it would make sense to offer itineraries to accommodate the significant disabled Barbadian population as well as attract disabled fishing fans globally with the lure of appealing, adaptive fishing packages and tournaments.



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