Back-up cameras could become mandatory safety equipment by 2014 if proposed new legislation is put into law. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has brought forward the issue, stating that by its estimates the use of such rear view cameras would help significantly reduce the 292 fatalities and 18,000 injuries caused each year by vehicles backing over pedestrians. Of those numbers, NHTSA says 44 percent of the fatalities involve children under the age of five.
The NHTSA proposal would see 10 percent of vehicles required to use the system by 2012; 40 percent by 2013 and all vehicles (including pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans) by 2014.
Notably, Consumer Reports indicates that in its research the company has seen the size of rear blindspots increase in recent years due to styling of modern cars, as well as increasingly strict roof-crush standards.
[Source: Consumer Reports]