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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 JediJeb on 4/9/2013 5:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Sure, mandate it on giant poor visibility SUVs driven by retarded mothers but there is no reason to add several hundred dollars to the price of a hatchback that doesn't have visibility problems.

Could you see a 2 year old sitting behind a hatchback? Or the infant in the carrier that you sat down right behind the rear wheel?

I am definitely not in favor of mandating these things, but to say only large SUVs would benefit while small compacts would not is totally incorrect. Then again, if you did sit that baby carrier right below the bumper, would you even be able to see it with the backup camera? What about the person who sits the baby carrier on top of the car and forgets it? Once that happens I guess we will have to mandate either a roof mounted 360degree view camera there or pressure sensors or something.

As said here in a few other places, it is a people problem not so much a tech problem. In other words know where your kids are at all times, and teach them not to play around vehicles, even if it takes a swat on the rear to get it through their heads. Better a sore bottom than a dead child.

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