Assembly passes bill preventing car rentals with recalls

April 29, 2011 1:44:33 AM PDT
A bill prompted by the deaths of two Santa Cruz women passes the Assembly. It would prevent rental car companies from renting or selling any car under a recall.

The safety measure passed 42 to 26 -- that's just one vote more than needed. In 2004, 24-year-old Raechel Houck and her 20-year-old sister, Jacquie, died in an accident involving a rented vehicle that had been recalled a month earlier.

The bill by Assm. Bill Monning, D- Monterey, would ban companies from renting or selling recalled vehicles; opponents said the bill goes too far.

"If this bill related to life-threatening defects, recalls that are life threatening, that would make sense, if it were drafted to exclude windshield wipers, that would make sense," said Assm. Charles Calderon, D-Montabello.

"I find it interesting that one of my colleagues minimized the impact of defective windshield wipers or a defroster. Do you want you or your family on a two-lane highway on a rainy night with somebody unfamiliar with their new rental vehicle coming at you and veeting over that center line and taking out your whole family, I think not," said Monning.

The measure now goes onto the state Senate.

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