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Judy Neiman with a picture of her daughter Sydnee  (Source: Yahoo News)
They suspect cost is the driving force

Even though the regulations for backup cameras in new vehicles is near, grieving parents and safety advocates want to know what the heck has taken so long.

The rearview camera mandate would make it so every vehicle would have a backup camera for seeing behind the vehicle when in reverse. The idea was triggered by the 300 deaths and 16,000 injuries annually caused by a driver's inability to see behind their vehicle when backing up. Many of the injuries and death affect young children and senior citizens. 

Judy Neiman, 53, of West Richland, Washington, is just one of the many people who have experienced a tragic death due to driving a car in reverse without properly checking her surroundings before backing up. She accidentally backed over and killed her 9-year-old daughter, Sydnee.

"They have to do something, because I've read about it happening to other people. I read about it and I said, 'I would die if it happens to me,'" said Neiman. "Then it did happen to me."

The White House is doing something about it, but there have been several delays in regulating the use of these cameras. The rearview camera regulations date back to 2007, when Congress initially approved legislation to set these standards by February 28, 2011. This date was delayed to February of this year, and again to December 31.

While the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are both behind the making of these new standards, others, namely automakers, have worried that the cost of installing these cameras on each vehicle would drive the price up too high. Parents and safety advocates blame worries regarding cost for the delays in safety. 

NHTSA estimated that adding backup cameras to every car would add $58 to $88 to the price of vehicles that have an existing dashboard display screens. It would cost $159 to $203 for those without them.

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said he is meeting with White House officials to finalize the regulations by December 31.

In the meantime, Neiman grieves over her lost child who had survived four open-heart surgeries like a champ, but was eventually killed due to her mistake. She couldn't see her 4-foot tall daughter behind her van when pulling out of the garage.

Source: Yahoo News

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RE: Why..?!
By slickr on 12/27/2012 11:26:35 PM , Rating: 2
So you are spending 60k on a vehicle or 40k or even 20k on a vehicle and you don't have the $200 that would install a camera on it?

You want everyone else to pay those $200, even though you are already buying a 40k, 60k, 100k vehicle?

Second of all it ain't the governments business telling car companies how to build their cars. This particular car even had all the safety gadgets like sensors and audible effects, none of it helps if you have a fat slob that isn't aware of the environment.

I mean for god's sake her daughter was supposed to be IN the car, how can you not hear the door opening and closing? How can you not look at the rear view, sideview?

How do you not stop when you feel a bump with your vehicle?

Heck how do you know this "mother" didn't murder her daughter? To me its a very high possibility. I mean you either have to have no brain(which is possible) or want to kill your child to be able to kill it in such a way.

RE: Why..?!
By nocturne on 12/29/2012 7:52:39 PM , Rating: 2
Started off good.. but went a lil too far.. xD

Reminds me of the only time I found myself stuck watching Oprah while channel surfing. The guests were this young couple, who had tragically lost their young child after leaving them unattended in their backyard while chatting on the phone inside, and ultimately their child drowned in their pool.

In that case, should we mandate hard pool covers for everyone with a pool..? Sad thing, they had one that they weren't using. At least they got a lump of cash and a free vacation from Oprah as a prize for their stupidity..

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