Senators praise rent-a-car companies’ cooperation with recalled auto ban

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Schumer said with the rent-a-car industry now supporting the recall legislation, the measure could be passed by lawmakers as soon as the lame-duck session that will follow the November elections.

"With the industry’s full backing, we think we have a great shot to get this legislation passed before the end of the year,” he said.

Boxer and Schumer said the recalled rentals legislation would make roads safer for their constituents.

“No one obtaining a car from a rental car company should ever have to worry that it’s been recalled," Boxer said in a statement. "This compromise makes clear that vehicles rented or sold by rental car companies must be safe and sound.”
 
"This agreement has required compromise from stakeholders on all sides, but it’s resulted in a solution that boosts safety for Missouri families without undue burdens for employers in our state,” McCaskill added. “Consumer advocates and industry representatives were able bridge their differences and find common ground here, and that’s what we need more of in politics. I plan to work as hard as I know how to get this agreement enacted into law as soon as possible, because it is the right thing to do for consumer safety, for providing certainty for our employers and for the legacy of two daughters lost in a tragic accident.”

The recalled rental bill, S. 1445, is titled the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act, after the victims of a fatal 2004 accident in California involving a rental car that had been recalled.

Raechel and Jacqueline Houck's mother, Cally, has lobbied alongside Democrats for the legislation to prevent future rentals of recalled cars.