DOT Sued Over Delay in Backup Camera Mandate

DOT Sued Over Delay in Backup Camera Mandate

Consumer groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for its delay in making backup cameras mandatory by law in new vehicles.

Time and time again, the ruling has been delayed with the DOT originally proposing rules in 2010 to require backup cameras in all new cars and light trucks. After numerous delays due to White House officials and automakers’ concerns over costs, a new goal was set to have the standards in place by 2015.

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Today’s lawsuit hopes to force the Obama administration to make backup cameras a standard feature on new vehicles several years sooner. The proposed rule still faces resistance from some automakers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 292 fatalities and 18,000 injuries occur each year as a result of back-over crashes involving vehicles.

“When Congress ordered this rule issued in three years, they meant three years, not seven,” said Scott Michelman, an attorney for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

[Source: Automotive News]