Rental Car Safety Victory in Sight!
Dec 4, 2015 — Yesterday, the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act, named in memory of my daughters, passed in the
U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate!!! The President is eager to sign the bill.
When it becomes the law of the land, it will be a violation of federal law for a rental car company, including car dealers, with a loaner / rental car fleet of 35 vehicles or more, to rent, loan, or sell an unrepaired recalled car until the safety defects have been repaired.
I'm thrilled! But I am very concerned about the car dealers' dangerous 35-car loophole. That loophole was all about politics. Not safety.
It makes no sense for shady car dealers to be able to loan someone an unsafe ticking timebomb car, without violating the new rental car safety law. Imagine -- taking a recalled car to a dealer for repairs, only to have the dealer hand you the keys to a loaner -- with the exact same safety defect. Or one that is even riskier.
I remain committed to closing the car dealers' safety gap.
But today, I want to thank each and every one of you for speaking up and sending messages to Rep. Upton, who was the last holdout against closing the car dealers' loaner car loophole. You are awesome!
With heartfelt thanks,