Every New Car Will Need a Rearview Camera by 2018

The nation’s top road regulator said the law could save nearly 70 lives annually.

Every new car will have a rearview display on its dashboard by 2018.
National Journal
Alex Brown
March 31, 2014, 9:21 a.m.

Every new car sold in the U.S. will fea­ture rear­view cam­er­as by 2018, thanks to a fed­er­al rule made Monday.

The rule, the Na­tion­al High­way Traffic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion said, will save between 58 and 69 lives an­nu­ally. Ac­cord­ing to NHTSA, back­over ac­ci­dents kill 210 people a year and in­jure 15,000 more.

“As a fath­er, I can only ima­gine how heart-wrench­ing these types of ac­ci­dents can be for fam­il­ies, but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a sig­ni­fic­ant step to­ward re­du­cing these tra­gic ac­ci­dents,” said Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary An­thony Foxx.

The rule is slated to take ef­fect May 1, 2018, and will re­quire cam­er­as to provide a 10-by-20-foot field of vis­ion be­hind the car. NHTSA said the man­date is “flex­ible and achiev­able,” thanks to auto­makers that have already ad­ded the fea­ture in many of their mod­els.

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