Senator Schumer Sponsors Legislation Barring Companies from Renting or Selling Vehicles Until Defects Are Fixed

The New York Senator and Senator Barbara Boxer (California) sponsored legislation for companies to make a commitment not to rent out or sell any vehicles under safety recall until the defect has been remedied. The Senators are asking rental companies to make the pledge within 30 days in order to protect consumers from defective vehicles. This legislation is called the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act in response to a fiery crash of a Chrysler PT Cruiser which had been recalled because power steering fluid could leak and ignite under the hood. The Houcks died and a jury ordered Enterprise to pay $15 million to their parents having knowledge of the recall.