Hertz Rented Cars To President Biden’s Secret Service – That Burst Into Flames

At approximately 5:22 a.m. on Tuesday, Hertz-owned vehicles that had been rented by President Biden’s Secret Service burst into flames in a lot at the Nantucket airport after they were returned.

A Ford Expedition had reportedly been under a battery recall, but hadn’t yet had the battery replaced. It appears to have caught fire, taking four other vehicles with it.

The fire was just 40 feet away from the airport’s 25,000-gallon jet fuel tanks pic.twitter.com/epUYERWN6Y

— Nantucket Current (@ACKCurrent) November 28, 2022

These are the rental vehicles that were facing each other and had their front ends totaled by the fire. Five are being towed away:

• Chevy Suburban• Ford Explorer• Infiniti QX80• Ford Expedition• Jeep Gladiator pic.twitter.com/NWnuFs8ivj

— Nantucket Current (@ACKCurrent) November 28, 2022

Correction: it had been scheduled for recall service but the battery had NOT been swapped out yet

— Nantucket Current (@ACKCurrent) November 28, 2022

Nantucket police and fire responded and the fire was extinguished. It raises new yet unsurprising issues if Hertz isn’t managing its fleet well enough to address recalls, but they haven’t been managing their fleet well enough to know what cars have been stolen. Given the issues at Hertz it’s troubling they wouldn’t take greater care when renting to the President’s Secret Service detail. And it’s just as concerning the the Biden administration continues to rent from Hertz, given what they’ve become known for doing to customers.

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