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Federal Lawsuit Aims To Mandate Vehicle Back-Up Cameras

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Lynchburg, VA - Opening arguments begin in a contentious court case in New York on Tuesday. A coalition of public safety advocates and parents are suing the federal government for allegedly dragging their feet in implementing a law, they say is long overdue.

It was 2007 when congress passed a law to mandate backup cameras in all American-made vehicles by 2011. After some hick-ups, the Department of Transportation is now looking at implementing the requirement by 2015.

But plaintiffs in the case say even that is too late. They want cameras in every car as soon as possible, claiming it could save countless lives.

The Department of Transportation estimates more than 200 people are killed every year by auto back-up incidents, with thousands more injured.

Doug Gallian, a Sales Manager at Apple Ford in Lynchburg said back-up cameras are already standard on certain Ford models, and that the company is moving towards stream-lining them into all vehicles.

He said it's a big seller, with 30% of Apple Ford's customers wanting a back-up camera as a feature.

"We're getting more and more use to this as a safety feature and for those other folks that don't ask for it, I can tell you the minute we demonstrate that feature to them, they're sold. I mean it's a great safety feature and something Ford's really taken an active role in" said Gallian.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated in 2010 the additional cost to the price of a car could be, in certain models upwards of $200 for the installation of a back-up camera.

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