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Monday, March 31, 2014

Backup Cameras To Become Mandatory In New Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized a rule that will require all new cars, SUVs, and minivans, as well as some new small trucks and buses in the United States to have rear visibility technology.

According to the NHTSA, a simple backup camera may help reduce backing up accidents which result in nearly 210 deaths every year. Most of those deaths are children with many of them being caused by parents. According to the agency, there can be up to a 30% reduction in deaths from such accidents.

The law goes into effect in May 2018 giving automakers ample time to develop and refine the technology. Many higher end vehicles already carry the technology but the law will ensure all new domestically driven vehicles will be covered.

The Auto Alliance reacted to the law with this statement...

"Today, the government has stepped forward as a strong advocate for cameras on cars, and this action helps pave the way for using cameras in other ways on vehicles." They went on to ask the NHTSA "to allow automakers to remove side-view mirrors and replace them with cameras that may expand side vision while increasing fuel efficiency."

Backup cameras would definitely make parking easier too.

Source: CNN Money
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