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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 NesuD on 6/21/2013 12:24:44 PM , Rating: 1
It's not overreach. It is actually a damn good safety feature. We have a vehicle that came with one as standard equipment. It is far less expensive to implement than airbags were. Unfortunately you still have to look at it before you backup. My wife knows that now. ;-/

RE: Good
By ClownPuncher on 6/21/2013 1:30:20 PM , Rating: 3
How is it not an over-reach? I have no need for a backup camera, but the government is trying to force me to buy one.

RE: Good
By Mint on 6/22/2013 10:07:18 AM , Rating: 1
Saying you have no need for a backup camera is like saying you have no need for wing mirrors, and can simply turn you head to see what's there.

Nobody can see through their trunk. Everyone makes an assumption that either nobody/nothing is there or that anyonen who is will get out of the way.

RE: Good
By ClownPuncher on 6/24/2013 11:22:03 AM , Rating: 2
I don't have a trunk, and I don't need backup cameras. You should be turning your head to see regardless, not doing so is going to cause more problems than not.

Buy one if you feel the need. Don't try to force me into your stupid shit world.

RE: Good
By JediJeb on 6/21/2013 3:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
Actually if you want to mandate some safety equipment that will save far more lives and prevent thousands more accidents put sensors in the front of vehicles that sound the most annoying alarm you can invent(maybe Crazy Frog telling you that you are an idiot) when you follow another vehicle too closely!

It would use speed to calculate proper following distance and be made so that any attempt to disable it would make the vehicle inoperable. This would stop all those NASCAR driver wannabes from driving so close to my bumper at highway speeds that I can't see them in either side mirror(and sometimes rear view mirror). I would imagine far more people are injured each year from rear end collisions than are backed over in driveways or parking lots.

If the government must mandate some type of safety feature, let's make it something that is actually useful to the majority of the people.

RE: Good
By BRB29 on 6/21/2013 3:23:50 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen people getting rear ended almost every day because of texting drivers. This happens all the time in the DC area.

We should mandate all vehicles should have autobrakes *rolls eyes.

Nobody wants to fix the source of the problem anymore. Just bandaid everything and kiss it better.

RE: Good
By snhoj on 6/23/2013 9:37:49 PM , Rating: 2
I think the cost argument is misdirection from the auto makers. Touch screens are produced in their millions for tablets and phones as are cameras and they are as cheap as chips. I bought a Chinese tablet new for under $50US including shipping. It has a 7" touch screen and a camera and a lot of other things that a backup camera system wouldn't need. That’s why I think a backup camera system could be built for less than $40 if mass produced.

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