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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 someguy123 on 11/26/2011 8:02:20 PM , Rating: 3
You idiot. Don't you realize that airbags can crush toddlers?

What we need is to encase all children in titanium bubble and cushioned with tempurpedic mattresses. Inside this bubble will be an additional black box, which will give us valuable information in case the titanium is somehow perforated.

All this will be provided by my company, which I coincidentally launched right before I wrote this bill. Remember, it's for the children.

RE: Personal Responsibility
By Dr of crap on 11/28/2011 11:16:10 AM , Rating: 2
No, no, the future is coming.
You inject a GPS tracking device into the kid when born.
It will have cell phone ability with another part inserted into the ear. It will monitor your glucose level, HDL, LDL, exercise level, and food intake. From now on ALL people will be monitored!

Yes, some kids get run over.
Some commuters get into crashes on the freeway.
Some house burn to the ground.
You can't let the govt get into every little detail of our lives.
With the addition of the rear facing camera, we now have even more crap to deal with and still about 100 kids, but they reports, will be run over.

And don't forget about the fools that will try and use the camera to switch lanes and merge. Oh yes, you think that sounds stupid, but it can happen. And maybe they'll only work if the car is in reverse, but that can be fixed as well.
You can fix stupid!

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