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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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Nonsense.
By KrustySanchez on 4/9/2013 11:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
Listen, I have a backup camera. I love my backup camera, and won't buy another car without one. _That_ is how they become more widespread.

There is no need for the nanny state to come in and mandate them and they do not appreciably increase safety. I like them for parking lots - that's it. They help avoid bumping the car behind me when backing out.

When backing out of my driveway, for example, I still have to look both ways and use my mirrors/crane my neck.




RE: Nonsense.
By Dr of crap on 4/9/2013 12:53:16 PM , Rating: 2
Nonsense - I have a back up camera too, it's called eyes. AND when I turn around I can see so much of what is behind my car I have never hit anything going in reverse!
If I were to buy a car with this option installed, the first thing I'd do is take out the fuse for it or cover the damn screen up. I don't want it period!


RE: Nonsense.
By KrustySanchez on 4/9/2013 3:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
You've never used one then.

Without camera: I can backup, scoot forward, backup, scoot forward, etc..

With camera: I can backup to within 2 inches of the car behind me, and pull out.

They are awesome, but should not be mandated.


RE: Nonsense.
By Manch on 4/9/2013 3:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about now, but in drivers Ed they use to teach you to find the "edge" of your car. I can back up all of my vehicles to within a couple inches of whatever. That is of course a learned skill, and maybe that's the problem. They don't teach people how to properly operate vehicles anymore.

On the flipside, I do like the back up camera in my pops F350. I don't drive it often so I don't know the "edges" of his truck very well. It's great for lining up the trailer hitch


RE: Nonsense.
By BRB29 on 4/10/2013 11:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
Like everyone here would agree, back up camera is good for parking. The whole thing started because of ~100 kids a year getting hit by vehicles due mostly to a combination of bad parents and drivers.

I'll spend a few more seconds to scoot scoot scoot instead of running over kids that doesn't know safety because of their dumb parents.


RE: Nonsense.
By Manch on 4/9/2013 5:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
You turn around? Didn't drivers Ed teach you to trust your mirrors? :D


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