WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday in a letter to Congress that more research is needed. He set a new deadline of January 2015 for the regulations.
Congress had set a deadline of February 2011 for the regulations, but they've been repeatedly delayed.
The auto industry says requiring cameras is too costly. Many vehicles already come with the cameras as standard or optional equipment.
The government says an average of 228 people are killed and 17,000 injured each year because of back-over accidents. Nearly half the deaths involve children under age 10. The elderly also are frequent victims.
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