WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators wants to ban car rental companies from renting or selling vehicles to consumers that are under manufacturer recall until the defect is fixed.
Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski joined Democrats Chuck Schumer of New York, Barbara Boxer of California and Claire McCaskill of Missouri on Thursday to introduce the measure aimed at keeping unsafe rental cars off the road.
The senators say that while current law prohibits car dealerships from selling recalled vehicles to consumers, no law bans rental car companies from selling or renting them to unsuspecting consumers.
The bill requires that vehicles under a safety recall be withheld within 24 hours after the rental company gets the safety recall notice.
The measure is supported by major rental car companies and several consumer groups.