Backup Camera Mandate Part of National Debate
November 25, 2011 11:37 AM
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NHTSA pushes for the mandate to save lives while opponents such as the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers reminds it of costs associated with implementing the rule
New regulations that require automakers to improve rear visibility in all new models by 2014 were proposed in December 2010, and now, the
backup camera rule
is part of the national debate about safety, federal regulations, and jobs.
The backup camera rule would require the installation of backup cameras in all new vehicles by 2014. It was proposed by President Barack Obama, and is a response to the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Act, which is a 2008 law named after a young boy who was accidentally ran over by his father's car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 292 people die from back-over accidents per year. By implementing the backup camera rule, half of those lives would be saved annually.
While the backup cameras could clearly be beneficial, the topic is up for debate because opponents say the requirement would be too costly and would result in job losses.
According to an August 30 letter the president sent to House Republican leaders, the backup camera mandate is in the top five list of the five most costly rules under consideration at this time.
The backup camera rule could cost as much as $2.7 billion, and would equate to about $18.5 million per life saved. Adding the cameras to vehicles would tack on an extra $58 to $203 per vehicle.
"Congress built flexibility into this law to balance safety and cost, and unfortunately NHTSA has ignored Congress by mandating an expensive, one-size-fits-all solution for rearview cameras," said Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
So far, individual automakers have not said anything negative about the rule despite these costs. In fact, Ford plans to have backup cameras in all Ford and Lincoln models by the end of this year.
The backup camera plan calls for 10 percent of the United States' new fleet to meet standards by 2012, 40 percent to meet the standards by 2013, and
all new vehicles to comply by 2014
The Detroit News
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RE: Personal Responsibility
11/25/2011 1:12:56 PM
Something about which Jason and I actually agree? Anyone check the current temperature in Hell?
Why can't people just turn around and look? I've been backing up that way for over 50 years. I've met a few young people who, when I saw them backing up, I asked why they were not turning around and looking out the rear window AS WELL AS checking all the mirrors. Their response was that it was not taught in driver's ed that way anymore. Turning all the way around and looking out the back window when backing up was supposedly thought to be too disorienting on the driver. What total BS.
People just need to take some responsibility and LOOK. Don't rely on technology to solve all problems for you.
What happens in 3-5 or 10 years when the backup camera does not work, or the display in the mirror fails? Will people take it in and get it fixed? No. The problem will just compound itself. People will have gotten used to relying on the display and then, without it, will just backup anyway!
"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
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