Monday would have been Jacqueline Houck’s 26th birthday. Instead, it was the day that her mother, Carol Houck, joined two auto-safety groups in seeking to prohibit the car-rental practice – continuing to rent recalled vehicles before they have been repaired – that family members blame for her 2004 death.
Jacqueline, 20, and her sister, Raechel, 24, were killed in a PT Cruiser they had rented from Enterprise Rent-a-Car to visit family near Los Angeles. Jackie was an artist, planning a trip to Costa Rica. Raechel had been in Italy as a teacher and au pair and was planning to be a translator.