Regulating Backup Cameras In Cars


By Michelle Bartlome

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSTV-TV ) Backup cameras in new cars and trucks are becoming more popular.

Soon they might even be required by law.

The government is reviewing rules to obligate automakers to install cameras in their new vehicles.

The plan was submitted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

These cameras would help prevent back over accidents.

With these cameras, spotting your tot may be easier.

Safety is exactly why many are in favor of new backup camera regulations.

This includes Carma McKinnon at Safe Kids Magic Valley.

"I think it's definitely important. The more that we can add to our vehicles for protective equipment to reduce the risk of injury to children or occupants, the better we will be," she says.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains an industry-wide shift would save 95 to 122 lives per year.

To demonstrate, Safe Kids Magic Valley uses the Spot the Tot Program.

"Spot the Tot Program gives a parent or caregiver a good visualization of how close or how far away is a good ‘no zone,"' McKinnon explains.

"I've seen some benefits where that's an essential piece of equipment now," points out Christopher Selner, The Car Store.

"It’s going to range. $500 - that's retail. It won't cost that much. Most people aren't going to be too upset. You can't put a price on a child."

At this point, there are no guidelines in place for automakers.

While the proposal is still in the works, for many the move to require back up cameras can't come quick enough.

According to automotive news, some automakers are already utilizing the new technology.

Honda says that with the launch of the 2015 Honda Fit, its entire U.S. lineup will come standard with backup cameras.

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