Safety Advocates Sue to Stop Government Foot-Dragging Over Backup Camera Requirement By Levine & Slavit PLLC on October 05, 2013

Each year, more than 200 individuals are killed and 18,000 injured in motor vehicle “backover” crashes. Each week, on average, 50 children are injured, two fatally, by backover crashes.  Drivers using all three mirrors cannot see a blind zone several feet high directly behind their vehicles. Forty-four percent of those killed in backover incidents are children under 5 years old.  Yet five years has somehow not been sufficient time for the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) to issue a law requiring backup cameras that DOT estimates would prevent 95 to 112 deaths and 7,072 to 8,374 injuries each year.

So on September 24, 2013, safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally hit their children when backing up sued the DOT, asking a court to order the agency to promptly issue a safety rule mandated by Congress in 2008 to set federal standards on vehicles’ rear visibility. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act directed DOT to issue a rule requiring significantly improved rear visibility in new consumer vehicles, through backup cameras or other means.

The bill passed the House by voice vote and the Senate unanimously, and President George W. Bush signed it into law. The law required that DOT issue the rule within three years, and permitted the agency to extend the deadline only if it “cannot be met.”

DOT initially issued a proposed rule in December 2010. After several delays, DOT’s projected completion date is now January of 2015, nearly four years after the deadline set by Congress and seven years after the law was passed.

By DOT’s own estimates, its delay past the statutory deadline has so far allowed between 237 and 280 preventable deaths – almost half of which have befallen young children – along with thousands of preventable injuries. By the same estimates, another 118 to 140 people will die in preventable backover crashes before DOT regulates – even assuming that DOT does not extend the date yet again.

The lawyers at Levine & Slavit have decades of experience handling personal injury claims. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a product that was not properly manufactured, designed or labeled, contact the offices of Levine & Slavit in New York or Long Island for their help. We have offices in Manhattan and Long Island, handling cases in New York City, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and surrounding areas including Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. For 50 years spanning 3 generations, we have obtained results for satisfied clients.

To learn more, watch our videos or go to our Injured? What Next? page.

Related to This

Levine & Slavit, PLLC Logo

Levine & Slavit, PLLC

The law firm of Levine & Slavit, PLLC has served clients in Long Island and the Greater New York City-area since 1957. We are a team of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers who work tirelessly for victims' rights. Our team is licensed and affiliated with the:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Please contact our practice online for a free consultation or call (212) 687-2777 to speak to an attorney today. 

Contact Us Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite
Google map image of our location in 60 E 42nd St Ste 2101 New York, NY

Manhattan Office

60 E 42nd St
Ste 2101
New York, NY 10165

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

By Appointment Only

Google map image of our location in 350 Willis Ave Ste 100 Long Island, NY

Mineola Office

350 Willis Ave
Ste 100
Long Island, NY 11501

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

By Appointment Only

(212) 687-2777 Send a message