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Carmaker Endorses Bill Named After Sisters Killed In Rental Car Crash

Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act Gains Support

Carmaker Endorses Bill Named After Sisters Killed In Rental

OJAI, Calif. - General Motors announced its endorsement of a rental car safety act that is named after the daughters of an Ojai lawyer.

Cally Houck's daughters Raechel and Jacqueline Houck died in a rental car that crashed on the 101 freeway nearly 10 years ago.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser had a power steering defect.

Enterprise paid the family $15 million in a settlement.

But the family is still fighting for a bill to prevent rental car companies from renting or selling recalled cars ever since.

Supporters hope the bill becomes law soon.

The bill originally proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Lois Capps was recently rewritten.

The changes don't interfere with the contracts made between carmakers and rental companies.

Houck said she was pleased by GM and hope other car makers will do the right thing on behalf of consumers.

Rental car companies have already pledged their support.

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