General Motors recently announced that backup cameras would be a standard feature on all of their Buick vehicles beginning with the 2015 model year. The automaker's move comes on the heels of a proposed rule that was made only last month by the Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), stating how rear visibility technology would need to be standard equipment in all vehicles weighing less than 10,000.
The rear visibility requirement is a life-saving move and will reportedly, bring down the increasing numbers of fatalities, particularly amongst children and the elderly who are killed by vehicle back up accidents. Each year about 210 people die and 15,000 are injured in light-vehicle backup incidents, with about 31% of the deaths among kids under age 5 and 26% adults over 70. The proposed regulation regarding rear visibility technology began phasing in on May 1 and will be totally completed by May 1, 2018.
Meanwhile, Buick is leading the pack by also fitting its vehicles with such confidence bolstering and collision prevention technologies as Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Additionally, every Buick comes with six months of OnStar Automatic Crash Response.
In addition to its vehicles being equipped with the latest and greatest in safety technologies, Buick also gets a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA that will probably instill an even greater level of assurance in its car owners. According to Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick and GMC, “We know our customers are very safety conscious. The current Buick lineup holds many safety accolades, but we are always pushing to be at the forefront with our vehicles being among the safest available," Aldred said in a press release.