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Safety Groups Sue DOT over Rear-View Cameras
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A collection of safety groups is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation after agents decided against requiring the installation of rear-view cameras in all new vehicles.
Experts believe the cameras -- which provide drivers with a view from a vehicle's rear when it is in reverse -- could save between 100 and 300 lives each year if they were installed on all new vehicles sold in the U.S.
Department of Transportation (DOT) officials have stopped short of implementing a requirement, instead choosing only to recommend that manufacturers install the cameras.
Critics claim the DOT has been too slow to force auto makers to install the cameras across the board, despite a law signed by President George W. Bush in 2008 that required the agency to do so by 2011.
Advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit in hopes that a judge will speed up the implementation of the requirement.
DOT officials have recently expressed a desire to hold off the issuance of the requirement until 2015.
Drivers can purchase rear-view camera systems for $58 to $200.