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Schumer: Rental car companies are 'rolling the dice' with drivers' lives

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"Rental car companies are rolling the dice with passengers’ lives each and every time they rent a car that’s under a recall," Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is 'un-American' Trump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Overnight Defense: GOP plays hardball by attaching defense funding to CR | US reportedly drawing down in Iraq | Russia, US meet arms treaty deadline | Why the military wants 6B from Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. 

"This practice has already proved tragic. Most rental companies have now changed their policies, but we need a law to ensure that recalled cars are never again driven off of rental lots. This bipartisan bill is a common sense safety measure, and I’m very grateful that Senator McCaskill has agreed to hold a hearing on it."

The legislation, the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013, was introduced by Schumer as well as Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiLawmakers scold Trump official over Pacific island trust fund Republican agenda clouded by division Greens sue over Interior plans to build road through Alaska refuge MORE (R-Alaska), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Billionaire Steyer to push for Dem House push Billionaire Steyer announces million for Dem House push MORE (D-Calif.), and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGovernment watchdog finds safety gaps in assisted living homes GOP Senate candidate fundraising lags behind Dems in key races McCaskill challenger links human trafficking to 'sexual revolution' of 1960s MORE (D-Mo.). 

The bill 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.

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 law also lets rental car companies continue to rent out a car if the company follows steps recommended by the manufacturer to prevent risk until the necessary parts to permanently prevent risk are available. The car company has to hold the car and repair it once the parts are available.

According to the statement, the bill has been endorsed by all the major rental car companies. 

Boxer had previously tried to get rental car companies to "voluntarily" agree to make the changes. She 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.

—Keith Laing contributed reporting.