NY bill would end leasing of rental cars in recall

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Posted: Mar 02, 2011 4:48 PM
NY bill would end leasing of rental cars in recall

A U.S. senator has proposed closing what he calls a dangerous loophole in the law that allows rental car agencies to continue providing customers with vehicles named in safety recalls before problems are fixed.

New York Democrat Charles Schumer says he wants to hold rental car agencies to the same standard as car dealerships, which can't sell cars under recall until they're repaired.

Schumer notes two women in California recently died when their rental car caught fire. He says the car's model was the subject of a safety recall and the problem hadn't been fixed.

He says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found just half of rental cars identified on recall notices had their defects repaired a year after notification.

The American Car Rental Association hasn't responded to telephone calls and e-mail messages sent Wednesday.