Senate recalled car rental ban bill to get hearing

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The bill bars the rental or sale of cars that are "subject to a safety recall" and authorizes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate and oversee rental car companies' procedures for safety concerning recalled cars.

The measure is named after two sisters who were killed in an auto accident because of a steering hose defect in the rental car they were driving.

Boxer and Schumer have pushed car rental companies to voluntarily agree to the regulations, but the proposal has now been introduced in the form of legislation.

The senators held multiple press conferences last year with Raechel and Jacqueline Houck's mother to draw attention to the issue, but just one major company, Hertz, agreed to make the change on its own.