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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 10:40:34 AM , Rating: 3
I agree. My dad has a backup camera in his '11 Durango and it's so distracting. I'm so used to looking left and right (multiple times) and through the rear window to backup.

When you look solely at the screen, you zone out miss if someone is directly beside your vehicle and just lack overall situational awareness.

It's a crutch being pushed by people who can't even keep tabs on their own kids.

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By ClownPuncher on 4/9/2013 11:09:47 AM , Rating: 3
Hey, we need the government to step in and make everything more expensive because 1% of the population is inept.

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By Dr of crap on 4/9/2013 12:42:17 PM , Rating: 2
It's much smaller than 1% !!
And while we're at it -
How about forward mirrors on the passenger side so you can see how close you are and not swerve way out to the left to avoid things,
louder horns so that the hard of hearing can HEAR you when you use them to tell the inept that they are doing something wrong,
self volume reducing radios so that you can hear the ambulance coming up behind you and move over,
and while I'm at it - a common sense hat that MAKES you smarter behind the wheel and MAKES you pay attention to WHICH exit you need to take!

If they can mandate cameras to save 300 kids, why not something really useful that'll save much more lives!!

By ClownPuncher on 4/9/2013 1:08:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it is much smaller than 1%. I was being extremely generous.

I would bet that back up cameras will do absolutely nothing to stop injury and death from happening.

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By Adonlude on 4/9/2013 12:10:03 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Tech cannot replace good old fasioned parental supervision.

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By Sazabi19 on 4/9/2013 12:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
I don't find mine distracting at all, but I do find it quite helpful. My '11 Nissan Rogue (crossover) has a small back window and some decent blind spots. I like the idea of backup cams and think they are a great addition to autos. With that being said I don't think it should be MANDATED, but instead able to be offered any any vehicle after 201x year as a low cost option. These shouldn't be expensive as the cam nor the screen need to have great resolution, not saying blurry or laggy, but not HD. I can't stand seeing people backup and still have 15ft of clear space behind them to pull forward and then back again when if they had a cam they would have seen how much space they would have had and just kept backing up to pull out fully. Just over the weekend a woman did this and tapped the vehicle parked in front of her (special kind of idiot). I think they help people who embrace them.

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By Manch on 4/9/2013 3:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
Just over the weekend a woman did this and tapped the vehicle parked in front of her (special kind of idiot). I think they help people who embrace them.

You cant stop this bro. Women destroy cars by death of a thousand cuts... That's why my gf will never drive my vehicles!

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By JediJeb on 4/9/2013 5:06:50 PM , Rating: 2
My ex-fiance wrecked all three of my vehicles, so I can concur :(

RE: this is flawed rulemaking
By Manch on 4/9/2013 5:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
Is that why she's the ex now? lol

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