U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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WHAT: Public Citizen will argue on Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, on behalf of safety advocates who have sued the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), challenging DOT’s failure to issue an auto safety rule mandated by Congress in 2008. The rule, which would set a federal safety standard for vehicle rear visibility, would prevent crashes in which a vehicle moving backward strikes a person behind the vehicle. According to DOT, such crashes kill more than 200 people each year, almost half of them children under five, and injure 14,000.

Congress mandated that DOT issue the rule by 2011, and DOT proposed a rule in 2010. The Obama administration, however, has repeatedly delayed the rule, which it now says will be delayed until 2015. DOT estimated that the rule it proposed in 2010 but failed to finalize would prevent 95 to 112 deaths and 7,072 to 8,374 injuries each year.

WHEN: 10 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 1

WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY

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