New Cars And Trucks Sold In The US Now Required To Have Backup Cameras
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the rule in 2014. The rule started phasing in on May 1, 2016.
According to NHTSA, standard backup cameras will go a long way toward preventing injury and death, especially among children. Roughly 200 people are killed each year and another 14,000 are injured in so-called backover accidents, when drivers reverse over another person without noticing him or her. The vast majority of the victims are children, largely because their small size makes them hard to see from the driver’s seat.
Advocates hope the cameras will help prevent some of the over 200 deaths from backover crashes that occur annually.
Under the new rule, all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including trucks and buses, manufactured on or after May 1, 2018, would be required to provide drivers with a 10-foot by 20-foot view directly behind the vehicle. This blind zone isn’t visible using the three car mirrors.
NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said in a statement to ABC News, “NHTSA prioritizes safety on U.S. roads, and today we’ve reached an important milestone. This technology helps drivers see behind the vehicle, which we anticipate will help save lives and prevent injuries.”