The two United States senators from California have introduced a new bill aimed at rental car companies that would make it illegal to rent or sell vehicles currently under a safety recall. The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act is sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and is named after two sisters who died in a car crash while driving a recalled rental car in 2004.
Since the fatal crash, the sisters’ mother has been a strong advocate for a bill such as this one. Currently, the law states that car dealers are not allowed to lend out vehicles that are recalled. However, rental car companies are not held to the same standard. The four major U.S. rental car companies Hertz, Enterprise, Avis/Budget, and Dollar/Thrifty claim that they do not allow recalled vehicles on the road until repairs have been performed. Hertz is the only company out of the four major car rental agencies to support the bill.
Representatives from three states introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives last month.Senator Boxer vowed, “We will not rest until Congress has passed legislation that protects American consumers from these unsafe vehicles.”
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