The NHTSA makes rearview camera requirements for new cars in light of a growing number of backup car accidents across the country.

New Vehicle Camera Law May Curtail Backup Car Accidents


Posted on Apr 26, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new measures to ensure public safety through a new vehicle manufacturing law.

Beginning in 2018, all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds must be equipped with rearview cameras. Administrators hope the new regulation will reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents. The NHTSA believes that the new measure could help prevent between 13 and 15 deaths each year, and eliminate approximately 1,100 injuries as well.

The new ruling will include all lightweight cars, buses, and trucks within the weight requirements. Motorcycles and trailers will be exempt from the camera modification regulations.

Manufacturers will be able to mount cameras in numerous locations on the back end of vehicles, as long as drivers will be given a viewing area of at least 10 feet by 20 feet directly behind the vehicle. Along with the added camera modifications, vehicles will also need the dashboard viewing screen, added lighting surrounding the camera, and display times.

This new law was actually required as part of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, a measure that was signed into law in 2008. Years later, the NHTSA has finally made the rear camera law a requirement. The safety act originally came to the forefront after a two-year-old boy was accidentally backed over by his pediatrician father in their home driveway in 2002.

The installation of these cameras is something that many car manufacturers have already implemented. In 2012, 44 percent of car models were equipped with cameras standard, while another 27 percent had them as an available option.

The addition of these cameras will actually come at a minimal price increase for manufacturers. The government estimates that the cameras will cost slightly less than $150 per vehicle to install, and upgrades to existing camera systems in vehicles may cost around $43.

Jackie Gillan, the president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, believes that the newly introduced measure will benefit every family in America. Ultimately, the decision will save lives and money for consumers.

In the United States, children under the age of five and adults age 70 or older comprise nearly 60 percent of all backup accidents deaths each year.

At Andrew Kim Law, we’ve represented countless accident victims who have suffered in numerous ways because of the injuries they sustained. We understand the depth of suffering and loss that victims feel and are committed to helping you fight for the justice you deserve.

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