Consumer groups sue US over delay in backup camera rule
DETROIT (REUTERS) - A group of consumer advocates sued the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday for repeatedly delaying a potentially life-saving rule requiring backup cameras in new cars sold in the United States.
The rule, originally expected in 2011, would have prevented hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries from "backover" crashes, when a pedestrian or a cyclist is struck by a vehicle moving in reverse, the groups said in a court filing.
A 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush directed the DOT to revamp rear visibility standards by February 2011. But the DOT pushed back the deadline several times and now plans to issue a final rule by January 2015.
"Assuming DOT does not again delay the rule, the backover rule-making will have taken nearly seven years - more than twice as long as Congress envisioned for the rule-making - at a significant cost in human lives," according to the lawsuit.