(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.

Consumer groups have pushed for laws to prevent rental of defective cars. Legislation such as the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act was considered by the Senate committee as recently as 2013 but never became law. The panel this year switched to Republican control.

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