NHTSA Proposes Legislation Requiring Backup Cameras on All Light Vehicles
March 31, 2014 5:00 PM
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This spans cars, SUVs, trucks and vans
It's official: all new light vehicles will be required to have
by May 2018.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (
), it has issued a proposed regulation Monday that will require all vehicles with a gross weight rating up to 10,000 pounds to have the
. This spans cars, SUVs, trucks and vans.
The backup cameras are a result of feedback from consumer groups and families who have or have been affected by a vehicle backing over a child or loved one. Some parents have accidentally backed out of their garage, for example, and did not see their child playing behind the car before doing so. They have called for enhanced auto technology that can allow drivers a clearer view behind the vehicles.
The backup cameras being pushed by the NHTSA will give drivers the ability to see a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle.
"We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents—our children and seniors," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents."
NHTSA estimates that 58 to 69 deaths will be prevented annually once the entire road vehicle fleet has the rear-view systems -- which will likely be by about 2054.
The conversation about backup cameras has been ongoing since 2007 when Congress passed a law that ordered the Transportation Department to have a rule regarding backup cameras on light cars and trucks in place by 2011. The original goal was for all light vehicles to be equipped with them by the 2014 model year, but this has been delayed by many public
comment periods and other delays
The legislation would begin phasing backup cameras into 10 percent of vehicles after May 1, 2016 models, 40 percent a year later and 100 percent in May 2018.
In further efforts to prevent annual auto-related deaths, the NHTSA decided in February to require
vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems
in all new cars and trucks. The DOT and NHTSA have not yet set forth an exact date for when vehicles will be required to implement V2V technology.
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RE: Another stupid law
4/1/2014 9:56:59 AM
I have two discs in my neck with serious problems. While I can now still look adequately behind me, in 10 or 20 years I think that will be unlikely. While I don't necessarily think things like this should be mandated, I recognize they can be helpful safety aids for all. I think I could support legislation outlining a standard and requiring such a system as an integrated option on all models.
Regardless, no mirrors can see low objects close to and below the trunk lid, nor can you see those out the rear window.
RE: Another stupid law
4/1/2014 12:26:39 PM
I have a hard time thinking of a car that doesn't offer this in some trim package. But if you want/need something like this, buy a car that offers it. The government shouldn't mandate a feature or even mandate an option be offered.
Companies started offering these features because they knew they were desired. And because they could make a profit offering them in higher trim packages. By mandating the feature, companies are now required to offer it and can't really make any profit on it since then they'd have to raise the base price of the car even more. And some people don't want to pay for it. My fiance has a 2012 Nissan Sentra that is the base model. Why? Because she wanted a cheap, economical car.
Every single time the government does this crap, they basically tell the population who doesn't want or need certain things "Sorry you're stupid if you think you don't need this and now you're going to pay for it whether you like it or not."
RE: Another stupid law
4/1/2014 6:03:34 PM
Try looking behind my Tacoma, you can't see anything under 4' or so high.
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