NHTSA Requires Rear Visibility Cameras Installed in all May 2018 Car Models
According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there are around 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries due to back-over crashes per year. If these statistics are not horrifying enough, they also discovered that 31 percent of these losses were children under the age of five, and 26 percent were adults 70 years or older.
It’s because of these figures that the NHTSA instated a new regulation starting in May of 2018 that all vehicles, including trucks and buses, will be required to have rear visibility cameras installed in every new vehicle (meaning in all new cars produced on or after May 1, 2018).
The hope of having these cameras installed in the latest car models is to decrease the number of back-over accidents. The technology will help to expand the field of view for drivers immensely, and are already installed in certain present models (if purchased as an add-on by the car owner). With this technology used all over the board, about 58 to 69 lives could be saved on average per year.
While for many it seems like requiring this technology is a no-brainer, The Alliance of Automobile Manufactures sees it differently. Wanting to allow new car-buyers as much choice in the matter, they believe the technology should be something that the consumer has some say in. If they don’t want the technology and have no desire to purchase it, then they shouldn’t have to.
The cost for each vehicle to have the rear-view camera installed is anywhere around $132-$142, and if the vehicle already has a display screen it costs about $43-$45. This new regulation isn’t costly to the consumer, considering how expensive a car purchase already is. Likewise, it’s seems difficult to focus on consumer choice and costs, when there is a possibility to save even one life.
The NHTSA made sure that the new regulation was flexible and easy enough for both consumers and automobile manufactures to abide by. The technology not only helps prevent back-over accidents, but other road safety risks (not to mention three-point parking made easier).
It’s hard to deny that the support of the rear visibility cameras could benefit many drivers and pedestrians, but it’s still important to be aware of your surroundings without the technology. Being aware of blind spots, using rear-view mirrors/side mirrors, and supervising stray children will always help to prevent back-over injuries/deaths.
If you have been involved in a car accident, contact The Horwitz Law Group for a free consultation at (312) 641-9200.