On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, October 4, 2013.
Sometimes it’s a case of industries being affected by legislation strenuously resisting to new changes being foisted upon them by regulators.
At other times, and in a singular way, businesses grow impatient with the slow pace of reform measures that are aimed at their industry and simply take proactive steps to outpace its scheduled implementation.
Take the case of backup warning systems addressed by Congress several years ago, for instance. National lawmakers passed a law in 2007 requiring that such systems be standard equipment in every new passenger car and truck rolling off assembly lines by 2014.
Things have progressed far from smoothly since the legislation’s enactment, with many delays interrupting the contemplated scheduling. As of today, things are in flux, with no clear indication of when the legal mandate might finally come into play.
That hasn’t seemed to deter auto makers from moving ahead, anyway, with a number of vehicle manufacturers responding to consumer concerns over backup car accidents that take the lives of an estimated 200-plus people each year across the country. In Ohio and elsewhere, there is a special concern with the high rate of children being involved in such accidents.
That has prompted change. Recently noteworthy is the litigation just commenced by a number of individuals and groups against the Obama administration. The plaintiffs cite the incessant delays that have hindered pronouncement of a formal rule on backup systems by the United States Department of Transportation.
In the interim, vehicle makers have just gone ahead and installed such systems in many vehicles, without regard to ongoing legal developments. Honda, for example, has stated that all its passenger vehicles will have backup cameras installed on 2014 models. Other auto makers, too, have acted, with the result being that millions of passenger vehicles already on the nation’s roadways are equipped with backup warning systems.
Source: USA TODAY, “Administration sued over backup camera delay,” Fred Meier and Chris Woodyard, Sept. 26, 2013