Hurricane Katrina left more than 500,000 cars and trucks under water. Now that thousands of them may be heading to used-car lots, Congress has reawakened to the dangers of title washing.
That's the practice of taking a salvaged wreck from one state and retitling it in another state with no record -- or title brand -- to warn potential buyers.
Over the past decade, Congress repeatedly has tried and failed to pass a national title-branding law. During a congressional committee meeting last week, consumer advocates called for creation of a national database to track salvaged vehicles.
Sen. George Allen, R-Va., who chaired the hearing, says he prefers to keep government out of people's lives. But in this case, he says, "There may be an appropriate federal role."
Does that mean Congress finally might take the initiative? Stay tuned.