After transportation Secretary Ray Lahood said that a ruling would be made by December 31 on a law mandating backup cameras in cars, NHTSA confirmed today that a final version of the rule is still under review at the White House.
The original proposition for the bill came from Congress back in 2007, as a measure that would prevent back-up accidents, especially cases that injure and kill children. Originally, the law was supposed to be completed by February 2011, but has been pushed back continuously since then.
The biggest issue surrounding the rule is the increased cost it will take to fit screens into vehicles that don’t already have one, which NHTSA estimates will add $159 to $203 per vehicle.
NHTSA says that it “remains committed to improving rearview visibility for the nation’s fleet and will issue a final rule upon completion of the regulatory review process.”
[Source: Automotive News]