Rear view cameras on vehicles: National ruling long overdue

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The federal government said it will add rear view video systems to its list of recommended features for automakers.  However, safety groups, including one in the Kansas City metro, say the cameras should be mandatory in all vehicles.

The cameras are intended to prevent drivers from back-over accidents that kill dozens of children every year.

In 2008, Congress imposed a 2011 deadline for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a rule on vehicle rear visibility. The regulation is now two and a half years overdue.

On Wednesday, advocate groups, including the local group known as Kids and Cars, are expected to file a  lawsuit over the issue.  They want the courts to order the Department of Transportation to issue a mandatory rule within 90 days.

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