NHTSA Might Make Backup Cameras Mandatory In All Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is debating on a new regulation that would make backup cameras in cars, trucks, minivans and buses mandatory. If this new law is passed, automaker will have until 2014 to get their whole vehicle lineup in compliance with the new law.

These new measures are being taken in an attempt to reduce injuries and deaths related to vehicles backing up. According to the NHTSA, around 292 people die every year from these incidents. So, in order to try and cut down on these deaths, automakers will need to have backup cameras in 10% of their vehicles by 2012, 40% by 2013 and 100% by 2014.

"There is no more tragic accident than for a parent or caregiver to back out of a garage or driveway and kill or injure an undetected child playing behind the vehicle," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "The changes we are proposing today will help drivers see into those blind zones directly behind vehicles to make sure it is safe to back up."

While this would make, what is an option on most cars standard, it seems like this won’t entirely solve the problem. New vehicles, such as the Cadillac CTS Coupe have bad rearward visibility and adding a backup camera might not fix that issue, especially since looking at the screen isn't most people's first instinct. Not to mention all the older vehicles that will be on the road still that won’t have backup cameras.

Reference – NHTSA Press Release

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