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Backup camera regulations delayed again

The Obama administration announced this week that it is delaying rules that would mandate backup cameras for all new automobiles. The new delays will put off any regulations for backup cameras for another 18 months. The move will undoubtedly upset safety advocates who have been pushing for all new vehicles to come with backup cameras to increase safety.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sent letters to Congress yesterday noting that finalized requirements aren't expected until as late as January of 2015. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does plan to encourage automakers to install the cameras anyway before they are mandated to do so.

The recent delay marks the fifth time mandates have been pushed back and is considered a victory for automakers that have fought to prevent the mandate claiming that it's too expensive.


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“It’s not going to get done before I leave. I’m leaving a week from Friday,” LaHood said in a Detroit News interview on Thursday. “This is an expensive rule and we just have to figure out ways to bring down the costs.”

In a letter to Congress, LaHood said, “This rulemaking is important to the department due to its focus on enhancing the safety of our children.”

Initially, the regulations requiring backup cameras were expected to be fully implemented by September 2014. Automotive manufacturers have resisted legislation because it will cost the automotive industry between $1.9 billion and $2.7 billion annually.
 
Backup cameras are available on many vehicles sold today as an option (some newer models -- like the new Honda CR-V and Accord -- include the feature standard).

Source: Detroit News



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RE: Good
By LRonaldHubbs on 6/21/2013 11:26:57 AM , Rating: 3
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I don't believe everyone understands the usefulness of a backup camera therefor they wouldn't typically choose it as an option.

That is, of course, there prerogative. Their ignorance is willful and not my problem.

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However there have been plenty of times when trying to back into my driveway that a kid next door ran across my driveway.

This example brings several questions to mind:
1) Where were the kid's parents when this happened?
2) Why didn't they teach their kid not to run into/across the path of a moving vehicle?
3) Why should their failure at parenting dictate that I must spend more money?

Call me calloused, but I'm not interested in subsidizing stupidity. If the kid is dumb enough to get himself run over in the way you described, that's on him and his parents.


RE: Good
By LRonaldHubbs on 6/21/2013 11:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
*their prerogative

Guess I should have proofread...


RE: Good
By BRB29 on 6/21/2013 12:15:45 PM , Rating: 2
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Call me calloused, but I'm not interested in subsidizing stupidity. If the kid is dumb enough to get himself run over in the way you described, that's on him and his parents.


That doesn't matter, a good driver would've seen that kid coming anyways. Even if you don't, backing up slow enough would not hurt dumb kids. They'll get a bruise or whatever and walk it off.


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