Cally Houck Pushes Rental Agencies To Stop Leasing Out Unsafe, Recalled Cars

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Lawyer Cally Houck might never give up her workspace, a law office she has rented in Ojai, Calif., for some 30 years.

She would like to retire but this is the last place she saw her two daughters before a fiery crash on Oct. 7, 2004, as their rental car smashed head on with an 18-wheeler. The accident that claimed their lives has inspired Houck to advocate for a federal law ensuring that a recalled car must be fixed before a rental company leases it out to customers.

Houck has enlisted the support of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who, along with Rep. Lois Capps of California, plans to introduce legislation on rental car safety in a few weeks.

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