Government Delays Regulations on Vehicle Rearview Cameras

Jun 21, 2013

The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles, a victory for automakers who say requiring the cameras is too costly, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday in letters to three members of Congress that more research is needed. He set a new deadline of January 2015 for the regulations, the AP reported.

An average of 228 people are killed and 17,000 injured each year because of back-over accidents. Many of the accidents occur in driveways and parking lots. Nearly half the deaths involve children under age 10. The elderly also frequently are victims. The emotional toll of the accidents is especially high since many of the drivers are parents or family members of those killed and injured, according to the AP.

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