The National Automobile Dealers Association and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers have opposed legislation that would block the rental of any vehicles subject to a recall. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unveiled a plan that may roll back protections consumers get when renting cars with potentially lethal safety defects.

Under a comprehensive safety bill introduced Thursday by Senator John Thune, a S.D. Republican, rental-car companies would be able to offer vehicles with unresolved flaws as long as they disclose the defects in writing to the renter.

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