Jackson Bill, Up in Committee Tomorrow, Would Prevent Sale of Unsafe, Recalled Cars

April 29, 2013

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday at 1:30, a bill by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) that would prohibit car dealers and rental car companies from selling used cars that are under a safety recall and have not been fixed will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At the hearing, Jackson will be joined by Cally Houck, an Ojai resident whose two daughters were killed in a rental car that was under a safety recall, and LaQuata Williams, who was involved in an accident after she was sold a car that was under a safety recall. Jackson is available for interviews before the hearing by appointment.

WHAT: Committee hearing on Senate Bill 686, which would prohibit the sales of used cars under a federal safety recall until they have been fixed.

WHO: State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)

Ojai resident Cally Houck, whose children, Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, were killed in a rental car under a safety recall.

LaQuata Williams, a mother of three children who was sold a Ford Windstar under a safety recall. The car’s axle broke, causing it to flip over.

Salvatore Cerrito, a former auto dealer who has owned and managed many car dealerships in California.

Rosemary Shahan, president, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety.

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30.

WHERE: State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento.

VISUALS: photos of smashed minivan, close-up of broken axle.

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Contact: Lisa Gardiner (916) 651-4019, lisa.gardiner@sen.ca.gov