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Feds Delaying Backup Camera Rules

NHTSA posrpone announcement for another 18 months.

by on Jun.21, 2013

Backup cameras are becoming increasingly common but the government still aims to make them mandatory despite the latest delay.

Safety advocates have been handed another setback as the federal government yet again postpones its long-awaited backup camera mandate.

In a letter to Congress, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said it will likely be as late as January 2015 before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can finalize rules requiring automakers to install the devices – which many believe could help save 100s of lives.

The Last Word!

NHTSA has estimated that there are 202 backover deaths in the U.S. each year – including 100 children under the age of five.  Another 14,000 Americans are injured in such incidents.


Last-Minute Delay on New Backup Camera Rules

Final rules still likely before year-end.

by on Feb.29, 2012

A new backup camera rule has been delayed but should be announced before year-end.

The nation’s automotive safety chief has called for a last-minute delay before issuing new rules that could require all vehicles sold in the U.S. to be equipped with rearview cameras.

But in a letter to Congress, Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he still hopes to have new standards in place before year-end, which indicates the government will almost certainly call for the use of the devices – estimating that if all future cars came equipped with backup cameras as many as 300 lives a year could be saved.

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“I now anticipate the department can issue the final standards by Dec. 31, 2012,” LaHood said in a letter addressed to members of automotive safety oversight committees in both houses of Congresses.  The delay suggests it will now be all but impossible to mandate the use of the technology on all cars, trucks and crossover by 2014 as many observers had expected.