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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.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: Personal Responsibility
By michael67 on 11/26/2011 3:47:28 AM , Rating: -1
You can't control everything in life so occasionally some kids will get run over by idiot parents backing up. I bet that dad makes sure to check behind the car before he's backing up now.

Seriously ?

You always know ware your kids are?
You have to have GPS tagged your kids or so, as i sure do not all the time, and what happened to that dad could also have happened to me.

You can even have checked before you stepped in the car, and still you kid can come from around the corner without you seeing him/her.
I have about 1 hectare of ground, and my kids when they ware little, use to play a lot in the bushes behind the left garage, even tho i warned them, it would have bin very good possible for them to come behind my car whit out me seeing them.

Its just a fact, you just don't always know ware your kids are, that has noting to do with being a idiot.

Even do I still think its silly to put a backup camera in every car, the cost just don't outweigh the benefits.

And that money would be better spend on speed bumps and so, in neighborhoods ware lots of kids play.
And yeah i hate them to, but they do work, and the smart ones aren't so bad, as long as you don't go to fast over them.
They use now a lot of two small bumps, and if you drive faster then the speed limit you really hurt your suspension.

RE: Personal Responsibility
By GuinnessKMF on 11/26/2011 8:59:47 PM , Rating: 5
Sheesh, after reading your post all it made me think was that they should take the money and spend it on education, anything so I don't have to read this type of crap anymore.

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