Backup Camera Law Gets New Push

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You may remember a mandate to require backup cameras in new cars by 2014 has been approved by Congress, but has yet to be placed into action.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been dragging its heels on finalizing clear rules for putting the law into practice.

Now two members of Congress have scheduled a press conference Thursday to urge NHTSA to finalize the guidelines for the law.

The Detroit News reports that representatives Peter King, R-N.Y., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., will join the parents of children killed by backup incidents in Washington, D.C. tomorrow, calling for a clear cut phase in of the law called the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act.

The law would help eliminate the blind spot behind vehicles that results in about 300 fatalities and 18,000 injuries a year, according to NHTSA. About 44 percent of the fatalities involve children under the age of 5.

Car electronics industry members believe the law will boost aftermarket backup camera sales, by raising awareness for the product.

The preliminary version of the law called for auto makers to gradually include backup cameras in cars.  At least 10 percent of their cars would include cameras by 2012, followed by 40 percent in 2013 and 100 percent by 2014.

NHTSA has exercised its power to delay final guidelines for the law 4 times since it was passed in 2007.


Source: Detroit News

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