Prius being pulled from car rental fleets over brake fears
Many major car hire firms are pulling the Toyota Prius hybrid cars from their fleets as the models were recalled over complaints made about their brakes.
The vehicles are popular with drivers who want to maintain a low carbon footprint when they are travelling on holidays.
The world’s largest hire car firm, Hertz, also charges a premium for hiring cars in its ‘Green Collection’, with drivers paying up to 10 per cent more than they would for renting a non-hybrid car of a similar size.
The decision to remove the third-generation Prius comes only days after many car hire firms also pulled other Toyotas from their rental fleets following a safety recall prompted by reports of the accelerator pedal sticking.
Hertz said the company was in the process for fixing the Priuses in its fleet. According to a company spokesman, safety is the company’s main concern, and customers would be able to select other hybrid models or green models in the Green Collection fleet.
The new Prius has also been withdrawn from other car hire firms including Enterprise, National and Alamo.
A spokesman for Enterprise said that due to the high level of customer concern and media coverage of the ongoing story, the Toyota Prius are being removed as well.
Similar action has been taken by Budget, Avis, and car share clubs such as zipcar and Streetcar.
A Streetcar spokesman said that the cars were being removed pending discussions with Toyota over what action must be taken.