In a 1,500-word article, the Los Angeles Times reports on how Cally Houck, whose daughters were killed due to a faulty power steering hose in an Enterprise rental car, was able to petition Congress to introduce a bill to prohibit car rental companies from renting out recalled vehicles to the public without repairs. The bill was first introduced in 2011, but it never had a hearing. It was filed again each year, “gaining allies and converting opponents.” In the spring of 2015, House sponsor Rep. Lois Capps got a provision included in $305 billion, five-year highway funding bill. While GOP Rep. Roger Williams, who owns a car dealership in Texas, added an amendment to exempt car dealers’ rentals, both houses of Congress reached a compromise, and Capps and Sen. Barbara Boxer “each said removing the exemption in future law is a priority.”
From the news release of the American Association for Justice.