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5 major rental car companies agree on recall plan

Senator Charles Schumer
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Senator Charles Schumer in Plattsburgh

Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Barbara Boxer of California say five major rental car companies have agreed to stop leasing and selling vehicles under safety recalls. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas

The senators say the agreement involving Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Dollar Thrifty and National will pave the way for legislation covering the industry.

The bill is expected to be voted on during the upcoming lame duck session.

The announcement is being made in Washington with relatives of two women from California who died in a car fire in a vehicle that the senators say was under a safety recall.

The companies represent more than 90 percent of the rental car industry.

Consumer groups call it a major improvement in auto safety because rental car agencies are the biggest buyers of new cars.

(C) 2012 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.