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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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RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By Brandon Hill on 4/9/2013 10:32:41 AM , Rating: 2
This should absolutely only be mandatory on vehicles with poor rearward visibility. It should not be a one-size-fits-all requirement, period.

If I recall, that's exactly the way the law is written. If visibility is good enough to see a certain distance behind the vehicle out the rear window (I don't remember the exact number), you do not need a backup camera.

However, if the driver can't see an object at the minimum distance, the camera is required. But given the rising beltlines and poor side/rear visibility in general, I doubt many cars would qualify to go "cameraless"

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By FITCamaro on 4/9/2013 10:38:02 AM , Rating: 2
The rising beltlines and poor visibility is also the fault of government constantly trying to solve a problem they will never be able to. Stupid people and accidents can't be legislated away.

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By BRB29 on 4/9/2013 10:56:24 AM , Rating: 1
We need back up cameras because of poor visibility from rising beltlines.

Rising beltlines was mandated because of the high mass of vehicles. That resulted in vehicles literally chopping people in half or severely injure pedestrians.

High mass of vehicles is because of strict regulations of safety features. This forced a lot of mandatory safety equipment and extra steel in body/frame.

High and strict standards of safety regulation was because of our love for big, powerful vehicles and high speed.

We like big powerful and fast vehicles because we have plenty of roads and highway to roam and cheap gas. Big vehicles are convenient too.

I blame this back up cameras stupidity on our fantastic road systems, cheap gas, and convenience lol

Too bad cheap gas and free flowing highways doesn't really exist anymore near big cities. People are adopting smaller vehicles. All the reasons that led up to this are actually disappearing quickly. Stop this back up camera madness!!!

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