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Secretary of Transportation repeatedly postponed making a decision on this legislation

Lawmakers in Washington have been considering a mandate that would force automakers to install rear view cameras in most all-new vehicles. Two members of Congress and parents of children injured (or killed) by inattentive drivers backing over them are now calling on regulators to finalize the regulations.

The advocates are urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to finalize regulations that have been delayed four times since 2011. Congress approved legislation in 2007 that was signed into law by President George W Bush requiring the government to set regulations for rear visibility by February 28, 2011.
However, that date has come and gone many times with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood repeatedly choosing to delay making a decision on the rule.

The NHTSA has proposed standards that would have required automakers to install backup cameras on all new vehicles by the year 2014. The regulation was expected to be in effect by September of 2014 and was estimated to cost the auto industry in the area of $1.9 billion to $2.7 billion annually. The regulation would also likely increase the purchase price of new vehicles.

NHTSA administrator David Strickland recently said that the ruling would happen "at some point in the near future." He did point out that the rule is still under review, commenting, "We are still working through a number of issues. It's a very important rule for the department… We want to make sure we get it right."

The backup camera regulations are intended to help eliminate the blind spots on vehicles that could obscure pedestrians, particularly the elderly and children, from the driver's view. The NHTSA says that about 100 children age 5 or under die each year in backup accidents and more than half of those are one year old or younger. 

Source: Detroit News

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Bad idea
By djcameron on 4/9/2013 10:17:36 AM , Rating: 4
This will encourage people to NOT turn around and look, and then they'll miss seeing someone that's just out of camera view. We have a Honda CR-V with a backup camera, the display is 2D, and you don't really get any depth perception. In our '08 328i it has radar sensors and no camera. This encourages me to turn around and LOOK, but I still get a beeping sound that gets faster as an object gets closer.

RE: Bad idea
By Rukkian on 4/9/2013 11:05:10 AM , Rating: 2
I have used both the cameras and the sensors, and I feel the sensors are much better. They can provide coverage for the whole bumper without the view getting skewed and do not get people lazy and not checking around.

I wonder how many of the kids hit were by their own parents, who want to push the blame on somebody, cause it couldnt be their fault for not paying attention.

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