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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: ???
By tecknurd on 12/28/2012 2:56:28 AM , Rating: 2
I also agree. I place that I work at, sometimes I have to work in the parking lot to collect carts. Most people do not ever check before and during when backing out of the parking spot. I always walk in the parking lot because to watch out. New cars rear lights for reverse are hard to see in daylight, so I check by the sound of the engine noise of the car. Those new cars are for looks and no care for function.

The rear view cameras are not needed. What is needed is teaching people to turn their heads towards the rear of the car while backing the car out. An audible alarm is require for cars that can not see at least a 3 foot tall person. The audible alarm sound during in reverse, so people surrounding the car will know where to look and move out of the way.

The DOT and NHTSA should spend their time standardizing area of lighting for signaling and reverse lights. Less time on or better yet no time for rear view cameras. The rear view cameras are luxury not a requirement.

RE: ???
By FITCamaro on 12/28/2012 6:13:47 AM , Rating: 2
We don't need mandated sensors either.

We need people to look where the heck they're going. For competent people who remain aware of their surroundings, this isn't an issue.

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