If you are in the market for a new car or have recently been car shopping, you may have been given the opportunity to include a backup camera in your car’s navigation system. Many new cars now offer this feature as an upgrade or an add-on to the base model but by May 1, 2018 back-up cameras will be required in all vehicles sold in the United States.
Last month (March 2014) the National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHTSA) announced a new rule, requiring all new cars built after May 1, 2018 to have built in back-up cameras. The NHTSA reasoned that an average of 210 people die each year from back-up related accidents and another 15,000 people are injured. The deaths in these types of accidents are particularly distressing because children under 5 years old make up over 30 percent of the deaths that occur.
In its report, the NHTSA determined that 58 to 69 lives would be saved each year after the rule is fully implemented. While the report didn’t provide a project number for the injuries that will be avoided, it is safe to assume that the 15,000 annual injuries will be reduced dramatically.