Consumer groups are taking the Obama administration to federal court over its about-face on backup cameras.
In a lawsuit filed today in federal court in New York, two individuals and four organizations -- including Consumers Union, the advocacy wing of Consumer Reports magazine -- asked a judge to order the U.S. Department of Transportation to set rear visibility standards for light vehicles, as required by a 2008 law.
DOT proposed rules in 2010 that would have required backup cameras in all new cars and light trucks. Final rules were delayed multiple times after automakers and White House officials raised concerns over costs. Before leaving office this year, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood set a new goal of completing the standards by 2015.