While the decision has already been delayed numerous times, NHTSA is expected to to deliver a ruling on mandatory back-up cameras by the end of the month.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood promised in letters to congressional leaders back in February that a decision would be made in the case by Dec. 31, 2012. The new law will make back-up cameras mandatory equipment for every new car, and if passed, will likely begin with model-year 2014 vehicles.
The ruling is meant to combat accidents that occur while backing up, as NHTSA estimates that 228 people are killed, and 17,000 are injured every year as a result of back-up accidents.
The biggest issue under review is the cost to automakers and consumers if the law is passed, which is estimated at an extra $58 to $203 per vehicle. Car companies don’t think consumers will want to pay for the extra technology, and that if back-up cameras are made mandatory, it could hurt sales.
Some groups, such as the Center for Auto Safety expect the ruling by the end of the month, but other advocacy groups claim that the date will likely be pushed back again. “I don’t think it could happen by 2014, so they will have to give some leeway,” said Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
[Source: Automotive News]