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Bill to Outlaw Recalled Rental Cars Introduced in US House and Senate

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | May 01, 2015

Bill to Outlaw Recalled Rental Cars Introduced in US House and Senate

Renting a vehicle should be a relatively painless ordeal, and the United States Government is doing its best to ensure that is the case, with a bill that would force car rental companies to pull automobiles from their fleet that are being recalled by the manufacturer.

According to Keith Laing of, a bill has been introduced in both the United States House of Representatives and Senate that would outlaw car rental companies from leaving vehicles recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the road.

The bill—called The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act—is named after two sisters that died in an accident involving a rental car that had been recalled in 2004. The mother of the sisters, Carol Houck, released a statement obtained by

“It's been over ten years since my beautiful, precious daughters Raechel and Jacqueline were killed by an unsafe, recalled rental car. All of the major rental car companies, and many of the smaller ones, have been working on our side to make the federal legislation named after them the law of the land. They have also adopted responsible policies and are grounding recalled cars until they are repaired. It's time for Congress to act, to protect all families from suffering our devastating loss.”

This is not the first time a bill with similar intentions has been introduced, but previous incarnations were not successful. This time, supporters of the bill are making it very clear that no automobile from a car rental company or a dealership should be on the road if there is an outstanding recall.

The new bill will also authorize the NHTSA to oversee the procedures of rental car companies in relation to how each handles recalled cars. While the initial introduction of the bill was met with skepticism from the car rental industry, many of the biggest players in the business have now signed off on the legislature.

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