The tragic accidents caused by motorist backing up over children and seniors in particular has motivated the Department of Transpotation to madate new cars to be equiped with backup cameras. Automakers will be required to comply by May 1, 2018. Several parents and protests goups have made their voices heard as the article below, reported by autoweek.com, in march of this year.
“Department of Transportation today finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have backup cameras by mid-2018.
Congress called for the rules in 2008 after a spate of accidents in which parents driving cars or trucks backed over their young children, killing them.
The DOT proposed regulations to carry out these orders in 2010, but the Obama administration delayed the rules several times over cost concerns.
Today’s final rule was released one day before the administration was scheduled to defend itself in federal circuit court against safety advocates who had sued the government over the delays.
“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents: our children and seniors,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement today. “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.”
The rules will be phased in over several years. Automakers will be required to have compliant rearview systems in 10 percent of the vehicles they build from May 1, 2016, to May 1, 2017. That share rises to 40 percent for the next year and 100 percent starting on May 1, 2018.”
“” http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/feds-backup-cameras-all-new-cars-2018 “”
This amazing technology will have a significant impact on back over fatalities in the US. The additional cost to the consumer is usually under $200, which is a small price to pay for the benefit to the american public.