Washington • General Motors Co. is the first big automaker to support legislation barring rental-car companies from renting or selling vehicles subject to a recall.
GM's support was announced Wednesday by bill author Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. GM endorsed the bill after language was inserted clarifying that automakers that automakers couldn't be charged by rental-car companies for lost use if rentals were grounded while they were being repaired, Schumer said in a news release.
Detroit-based GM sent Schumer a letter within the past week expressing its support. Schumer's announcement came a day before GM CEO Mary Barra and the company's general counsel appear before a Senate subcommittee investigating GM's decade-delayed recall of millions of small cars for flawed ignition switches. The problem has been blamed for at least 13 deaths.