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Capps Announces Support for New Legislation to Keep Recalled Vehicles Off the Road
Santa Barbara, CA – Today, Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23), a senior member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to an agreement reached earlier today on updated legislation to stop the renting or selling of vehicles that have been recalled by their manufacturer. The agreement builds on bipartisan legislation introduced earlier this year by Congresswoman Capps and is supported by the top four rental car companies, consumer and safety advocates, and Callie Houck, the mother of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, who were killed in a 2004 crash due to a safety issue with their rental car that went unfixed despite a recall by the manufacturer.
The continued progress on our efforts to improve the safety of rental cars is wonderful news and gets us that much closer to success. I’ve been working to keep defective and potentially dangerous cars off the road and ensure that unspeakable tragedies, like the one that killed Racheal and Jacqueline Houck, will never happen again. I hope this breakthrough will allow us to pass legislation for the President’s signature before the end of the year.”