Safety advocates: Rental car recalls should be regulated

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  1. sobore
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    Raechel and Jacqueline Houck died in a fiery 2004 crash in a rental car that "was essentially a ticking time bomb," their mother, Cally Houck, says.

    The vehicle — a PT Cruiser under a safety recall for a power-steering fluid problem — was not repaired and had been rented to three other renters and then the Houck sisters at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car facility in Capitola, Calif.

    The power-steering fluid leaked and caught fire, Cally Houck says, causing Raechel, 24, and Jacqueline, 20, to lose control of the car, which slammed into a semi tractor-trailer.|newswell|text|NJLIFE|s
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    Because of such disastrous occurrences Consumerists talks break down on rental cars. The group Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and its subsequent internet campaign were organized by Carol Houck, whose two daughters were killed eight years ago in a rented PT Cruiser that had been recalled for a power steering fluid leak. Consumer advocacy groups have been spearheading negotiations to impose regulations on the nation’s auto rental companies, preventing them from renting or selling recalled cars that have not been repaired.

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