The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that the government will require all new vehicles sold in America to feature rear-facing cameras by 2018.
“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.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year there are approximately 15,000 injuries and 210 deaths due to back-over accidents. Children under 5 year of age make up 31% of those killed.
The additional cost of a camera system on a new vehicle is estimated at between $132 and $142. Safety advocates celebrated today's news.
“This federal rule will ensure that correcting dangerous rear blind zones does not require families to spend extra money when buying a new car for an essential lifesaving technology like a rear view camera,” Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said in a statement. “Every make and model will be required to meet this new safety standard and every family will benefit.”
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