Sen Brian Schatz joined local and national advocates, as well as Sens. Schumer, McCaskill, and Boxer, calling for passage of the The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013 (S. 921).
Named after two sisters who were killed driving a rental car that had been recalled, this is a common sense bill that bans rental car companies from renting or selling vehicles that are under manufacture recall.
This legislation has gained support from all the major car rental companies – Hertz, Enterprise, Avis Budget, Dollar Thrifty, and National – as well as the American Car Rental Association.
Schatz joins Blumenthal, Boxer, Casey, Feinstein, Gillibrand, McCaskill, and Murkowki as co-sponsors to this bill, introduced by Sen. Schumer.
The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance held a hearing Monday to discuss this legislation.
“The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act promotes commonsense consumer protections that will guard the nearly 10 million people who visit Hawaii each year, many of which choose to rent cars,” said Schatz, a member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance.
“What happened to Raechel and Jacqueline Houck was a tragedy, and this is why Congress must put in place measures so that we can prevent something like this from happening,” he said.
Honolulu attorney and consumer advocate Jeff Crabtree, commended Schatz for supporting the proposed law: “In Hawaii, we have a lot of rental cars on our roads. Some of them have serious safety defects. Sen. Schatz gets it — his support for this bill helps the effort to keep rental cars with safety problems off of Hawaii’s streets, making our community safer for both residents and tourists. It’s great that Sen. Schatz was appointed to this consumer protection committee, and that he is stepping up to help Hawaii consumers.”
“We are thrilled that Sen. Schatz is co-sponsoring The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act,” said Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. “His leadership is particularly important given Hawaii’s expanding tourism industry. We look forward to working with him to make this legislation a reality.”