“I am very grateful that the AAA has endorsed my legislation to ensure that rental car companies never sell or lease an unsafe vehicle,” Boxer said in a statement Thursday. “AAA is a leading authority on car safety issues, so its support means a lot as we move towards consideration of this legislation.”
In the letter, AAA said it hopes S. 3502 becomes law because it seems like a commonsense solution.
The bill would prohibit all rental car companies from renting or selling vehicles under safety recall.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is co-sponsoring the bill, and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced a companion measure, H.R. 6094, in the House.
The bill was named after Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, sisters from California who were killed in 2004 after renting a car that had been recalled for a defective power steering hose that was prone to catching fire. The defect caused the car to catch fire and crash head-on into a tractor-trailer, killing both women.