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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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This may sound cruel, but...
By amanojaku on 4/9/2013 11:27:23 AM , Rating: 2
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.
The number of deaths is too low to warrant such sweeping mandates. It's not even 1% of 1% of 1% of the population!!!

300,000,000 x 0.01 x 0.01 x 0.01 = 300 people

And I want to know how a child who can't even walk yet gets run over by a car...

RE: This may sound cruel, but...
By BRB29 on 4/9/2013 11:54:40 AM , Rating: 2
maybe not your children but my nieces and nephews all walk at around 12 months. Regardless, I don't rely on back up cameras to save them because I don't let them play around vehicles, especially moving ones.

RE: This may sound cruel, but...
By Schrag4 on 4/9/2013 2:37:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. All 3 of my kids started walking between 9 and 10 months. You better believe they never left our sight for very long unless they were in an extremely controlled environment. Heck, my youngest is 5 now and I still don't like to let her play at the neighbor's house because I can't keep an eye on her there. I much prefer to have the neighbor kids come over and play in our fenced-in backyard.

RE: This may sound cruel, but...
By M'n'M on 4/9/2013 6:28:43 PM , Rating: 2
It's not cruel and it's even more stupid than your numbers suggest. I recall that the number of children squashed was reported in earlier articles as being higher. But that the NHTSA estimated that only 50% of the deaths would be avoided by this regulation. So perhaps it's all for 50 children a year ?

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