DOT Rear-View Camera Recommendation: Too Little Too Late?

Safety advocates argue administration should put a rule in place as Congress ordered six years ago.
2:21 | 09/25/13

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Now, to the urgent new recommendation to make cars safer. The national highway traffic safety administration wants all new cars to have rear-view cameras to prevent children from being mistakenly backed over. This, just as a lawsuit was being filed today to force the government to act on this issue. Abc's david kerley is in washington with much more on this. Good morning, david. Reporter: Good morning, robin. The timing on these backup cameras is interesting. The recommendation comes just as the lawsuit is going to be filed this morning by safety advocates, demanding that the obama transportation department do something that congress ordered six years ago. That's make a rule for these backup cameras to try and save kids' lives. This morning, the government says it will add rear-view cameras in cars as a recommended feature in new vehicles. Sounds like a breakthrough. But it's not according to safety advocates, who are fed up with the obama administration. Congress ordered the administration to have a rule in place by 2011. A rule on cameras, not a recommendation. Adding this as a recommendation, simply just underscores that it's an option for a car. My daughter had darted out of the front door. Reporter: Susan's then 3-year-old daughter darted behind her car in 2005, as it was backing up. With young kate screaming after being run over, her mother was beside herself over what she had done. Her face was covered in blood. Her clothing was turn from the impact. And she was screaming, asking me why I had hit her with the car. Reporter: The numbers are stunning. On average, every year, 210 deaths, mostly 1-year-old and 2-year-old children. That's four a week. On top of that, there are 15,000 injuries each year. Her daughter survived and is now 11. But parents along with three safety organizations, are suing the president's transportation administration. Saying it is dragging its feet and ignoring congress. The auto industry says more than half of new cars have some backup detection system. And adds, the consumers, not the government, should decide whether cameras come with the car. Now, what's interesting is if these cars beep as they're backing up. And some cars have an automatic braking system, if you get close to the object, the car would stop. But the lawsuit would make this a rule, not just a recommendation, as we mentioned. Now, to the first sign of

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