Mandatory Backup Cameras Delayed Until 2015

Mandatory Backup Cameras Delayed Until 2015

The mandatory backup camera rule for new cars sold in the U.S. is once again being delayed, this time until 2015 as regulators are mulling over giving incentives in their safety ratings for vehicles with the technology.

The rule has been delayed three times already, and analysis has it costing around $2.7 billion. Automakers complain that the cost is too high and only makes sense for larger vehicles rather than all vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 292 people die each year in accidents that involve a car backing up. NHTSA believes that half of those deaths could have been prevented by mandatory backup cameras.

The proposed rule was originally issued in December 2010 with a deadline for compliance for the 2014 model year.

“Automakers are providing cameras in cars today for greater vision and for new driver assists, and consumers should decide how best to spend their safety dollars on these technologies,” said Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. “This is a decision for consumers.”

[Source: Automotive News]