New York Times calls car safety rule delay “inexcusable”

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Last week, a number of safety organizations sued the Obama administration to issue the long-delayed regulation. 

In a 2008 law, Congress called for the Department of Transportation to require the rearview technology on cars to prevent drivers from accidentally backing over children, a tragedy that kills about two kids each week, according to the advocacy group Kids and Cars.

The department sent a proposal for final review to the White House’s budget office in 2011, but it sat there for over a year and a half. This summer, that draft rule was pulled when regulators said they needed until 2015 to do additional analysis. 

“The delay is inexcusable,” the Times wrote.

“The unavoidable conclusion is that the delay is an administration ploy to avoid Republican charges of 'job killing' regulations, while placating the auto industry, which opposes the rule as too expensive.”

A 2010 analysis found that the rule would cost automakers $2.7 billion per year, but consumer safety advocates say that the cost has gone down as more and more companies offer rearview cameras on their cars.

The Times added that car companies oppose the regulation because they can make more money offering the technology as an add-on feature.