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Local Mom’s Heartbreak Leads To Rental Car Legislation

Local Mom’s Heartbreak Leads To Rental Car Legislation


WELCOME BACK I AM PAT HARVEY. PAUL: I AM PAUL MAGERS, TODAY A SOUTHLAND MOTHER, GOT WASHINGTON POLITICIANS TO VOTE TO PROTECT YOU FROM A HIDDEN DANGER IN RENTAL CARS THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF HER YOUNG DAUGHTERS. PAT: THEY PASSED A TRANSPORTATION BILL THAT BANS RENTAL CAR COMPANIES FROM RENTING RENTAL CARS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REPAIRED. Reporter: THIS IS A DIFFICULT STORY, HERE DAUGHTERS, 20, AND 24 YEARS OLD, THEY RENT A CAR FOR A ROAD TRIP, THEY DID NOT KNOW THAT THE RENTAL CAR WAS NOT SAFE TO DRIVE. TWO CANDLES FLICKERING SIDE BY SIDE, ONE FOR RACHEL, ONE FOR JOCKEY. I CARRY A LOT OF THEIR LIFE IN ME. Reporter: ONE OF THE WAYS THAT KELLY HONORS HER TWO DAUERS. I MISS THEM EVERY DAY. BUT THEY PUSH FORWARD. Reporter: AFTER A FAMILY VISIT IN 2004, THE SISTERS ENDED THE ROAD TRIP WITH HUGS, A FEW HOURS LATER THEY WERE DEAD. THEIR RENTAL CAR SLAMMED HEAD ON TO A SEMI TRUCK ON THE 101. THE CAR CAUGHT FIRE. AND SHE LOST HER STEERING ABILITY. AND YOU KNOW YOU CAN IMAGINE, THE PANIC. THEN IT WAS OVER. Reporter: THE GIRLS DID NOT KNOW THEIR ENTERPRISE RENTAL CAR, A PT CRUISER HAD BEEN RECALLED BECAUSE OF A POWER STEERING LEAK THAT COULD CAUSE A FIRE. WHEN YOU HEARD THEY KNEW THE CAR WAS RECALLED BUT DID NOT FIX PROBLEM, WHAT OF THE YOUR REACTION? WELL, I WAS AMAZED. I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE SOME SORT OF SPECIFIC LAW, YOU CAN’T RENT A CAR THAT SURROUNDED A SAFETY RECALL. YOU CAN’T DO, THAT THERE IS A LAW, ISN’T THERE? Reporter: THERE ISN’T, BUT SOON THERE COULD BE, THE RACHEL AND JACQ JACK LYNN HELK ACT. TODAY PASSED IN THE HOUSE. BY THE END OF THE MONTH, IT SHOULD GO TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS SIGNATURE. Reporter: THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOUR FAMILY? I DON’T WANT FAMILIES TO DID THROUGH THIS. I DON’T WANT MY DAUGHTERS TO JUST HAVE GONE UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE FOR NO THE REASON, I KNEW IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN. Reporter: IN SEPTEMBER, 2014, IT DID AGAIN, 26-YEAR-OLD. JEWEL WAS KILLED IN L.A., THE AIRBAG EXPLODED IN HER CAR. MY HEART BROKE FOR JEWEL’S DAD. AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, I’M SO SORRY, I’M TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. Reporter: HELK TESTIFIED ON CAPITOL HILL, AND ORGANIZED AN ON-LINE PETITION, 11 YEAR WAS HER GIRLS WERE KILLED, THERE SOON COULD BE A LAW TO PREVENT RENTING OUT RECALLED CARS. RACHEL AND JACKIE WOULD WANT ME TO DO WHAT I’M DOING, THEY ARE SAYING, YEAH MOM, KEEP GOI GOING. Reporter: ENTERPRISE DID ADMIT FAULT IN THE DEADLY ACCIDENT, AND FAMILY SETTLE FOR MILLIONS, BUT KELLY HELK, THE MOMENT SAID, SHE REALLY WANTS A WAY TO PROTECT OTHERS, THAT IS WHY SHE HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR SO LONG. 11 YEARS. PAUL: THANK KELLY FOR HER PERSEVERANCE. Reporter: IT SHOULD BE LAW, IT HAS TO BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, UNTIL THEN THERE IS A WAY WE’LL MAKE SURE THAT RENTAL CARS ARE SAFE, BUT SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO DO YOURSELF, YOU CAN GO TO A WEB SITE, PUT IN THE VIN NUMBER OR INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAR, MAKE, MODEL, HERE IS THE WEB SITE, SAFERCAR. GOV. THE RENTAL CARRAN AGENTS ARE NOT GOING TO TELL YOU IF YOUR CAR SO THE RECALL LIST.

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