Ruling requires rear-view cameras in all new vehicles by 2018 - KMSP-TV

Federal ruling requires rear-view cameras in all new vehicles by 2018

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a final ruling on Monday that will require automotive manufacturers to install rear-visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018.

The agency, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says the requirement will significantly reduce the risk of back-over accidents, which can often cause serious injury or death.

"Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents—our children and seniors," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a release regarding the ruling. "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 NHTSA ruling will require all vehicles -- including buses and trucks -- weighing fewer than 10,000 pounds and manufactured on or before May 1, 2018 to come equipped with some form of rear-visibility technology that will allow the driver to see behind the vehicle.

The ruling also establishes a minimum field of view, requiring all displays to include at least the 10-foot by 20-foot area directly behind the vehicle and also specifying minimum requirements for image size, linger time, response time, durability and deactivation.


According to data gathered by the NHTSA, there are an average of 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries caused by back-over crashes each year in the United States.

Additionally, children under the age of 5 account for 31 percent of all deaths associated with back-over crashes. Elderly adults over the age of 70 account for 26 percent of victims killed.

Since many auto makers began installing rear-view cameras and audio parking alerts in new models due to consumer demand, the NHTSA is optimistic that the requirement will save lives and reduce injuries. In fact, after analyzing statistics gathered since vehicles equipped with such systems hit the road, the NHTSA estimates that between 58 and 69 lives will be saved each year once the entire on-road fleet is outfitted.

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