SACRAMENTO (AP) — One house of the California Legislature has narrowly approved the nation’s first state law that would force rental car companies to pull vehicles off the road after a safety recall.

The state Assembly passed the bill Thursday on a 42-26 vote, one more than the simple majority needed. It now goes to the Senate.

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The bill was introduced after the death of two young women in a fiery crash in 2004. They were driving a car they had rented more than a month after the company was notified of a safety recall for a defect that could cause a fire.

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Assemblyman Bill Monning, the bill’s author, says the bill will help keep drivers safe.

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