Ruling on Vehicle Backup Cameras Postponed by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has postponed the implementation of a rule that would have mandated that all new vehicles have standard backup cameras by 2014. While some critics see the postponement as a tactic to dodge a political hot potato during an election year, the White House Office of Management and Budget claims the delay is part of the normal review process to ensure all interested parties are heard. NHTSA has until Dec 31, 2012 to consider it.

The camera mandate was signed into law in 2008 by then president George W. Bush. Some in the automobile industry and Congress have decried the regulation as being too expensive, and even the administration has acknowledged that it will be one of the most expensive of pending regulations to implement. Some estimates put the additional cost of mandated backup cameras at $169 to $200 per vehicle.

However, proponents of the proposed requirement point out that some 1,700 people are injured and that 100 children and 200 adults lose their lives each year in backover accidents.

Janet Fennel, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org states that blind spots on today’s cars can be huge. “Most people would be shocked if they knew how big the blind zone behind their vehicle is.” She went on to say it is usually 20 to 30 feet, sometimes more. According to the website, some fifty children are being backed over by vehicles every week and that two die as a result.

Backover accidents are a tragedy in Florida and nationwide. The automobile accident attorneys in Jacksonville at Farah and Farah will be tracking this proposed automobile safety rule as it progresses. If you have any questions concerning an injury you have suffered during a car accident, please call us at (800) 533-3555.

Source: http://www.kidsandcars.org/back-overs.html; http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1366&doc_id=239972&itc=dn_analysis_element; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-02/punt-on-backup-cameras-shows-obama-robbing-republicans-of-regulation-issue.html

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