• Jan 30, 2009
Technology has brought about a great deal of advancements in new vehicles over the last few years. There are some electric nanny aids that many of us do without, but there are others, like rear backup cameras and warning systems, that proponents suggest could save lives. How many? If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new findings are any indication, quite a few. In 2007 alone, 221 people were killed when vehicles backed up over them, and 99 of those were children under the age of 14. A total of 14,000 (including 2,000 children) were injured in the same manner.

This new data has been made available by NHTSA in accordance with legislation that was passed last year that will mandate a reduction in vehicle blind spots via additional mirrors, cameras or sensors, as well as brake interlock systems that won't allow cars to shift out of park without the application of the brakes. For a summary of vehicle safety data, click here for the NHTSA's most recent set of reports.

[Source: AP via Google]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      well if you are a child playing around behind a running/moving car... something tells me they are not all that bright, or their parents aren't keeping a good eye on them.


      Growing up I either had someone keeping an eye on me, or I was smart enough to NOT go behind a running/moving car and play hide and seek.

      It's sad that stuff like this happens, but not every kid can be the brightest penny in the fountain. You can't save everyone - no matter how many retarded laws, or how much money you throw at a problem some idiot always runs out and gets himself killed because they weren't thinking.

      I'm not toally 1 sided either - if you are someone who just throws their car into reverse and slams the gas - you probably shouldn't have a drivers license. God forbid that you have to put your morning coffee down to safely backup your car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "as well as brake interlock systems that won't allow cars to shift out of park without the application of the brakes"

      What the..? There are still (automatic) cars that DON'T have this system?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it's a feedback loop. I'd like to buy a manual, but I won't because I know the resale value will be much lower (unless it's a sports car). The resale value is low because no one wants a manual because the resale will be low, etc etc -- repeat ad nauseum. Only niche markets in the US use manuals, and even those are Tiptronic DSG PDX Steptronic Vacamatic SMG Sportronic Durashifts these days. That, or hard-to-find base models (e.g. manual Civic or Corolla).
        • 5 Years Ago
        wait, Derek, what are you talking about?? The article mentions nothing about not being able to start your car remotely. It just says that to DRIVE it you will need to press the brake pedal to SHIFT out of Park.

        And fwiw, every car with an automatic comes from the factory with shift interlock from what I've ever known...
        • 5 Years Ago
        What? people buy automatic cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would you want something like that? I always considered one of the very few advantages of an automatic equipped car that you could start it without actually having to be in the car.

        Personally I find the park/neutral or clutch pedal interlock for starting the car to be a nuisance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know I specifically searched out my Protege5 WITH a stick - could have got a better deal on an auto but to me it wasn't worth it, I prefer the drive. If you evaluate all the cost savings of driving a manual, the depreciation becomes less significant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        95% (or so) of America buys automatics.

        I know, what has the country come to, right?
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      • 1 Year Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had a dollar for every time some idiot in a prius backed into my car, got out, and said, 'durh i was just watching the camera [and negating the warning to be aware of my surroundings and common sense]' I'd have $1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's a wild idea: Hey tough guys, maybe instead of being all macho and getting a big ass truck or something you can't see very well out of, you should be something that doesn't scream what a tiny dick you have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey - I've got a brilliant idea! TURN your body, put your arm on the passenger seat, and LOOK out the back. I can smell a Nobel Peace Prize coming my way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clarification-Not ALL cars, just new ones.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With the ongoing world financial meltdown, the pace of government regulation of our lives will likely accelerate. The minions of nameless faceless reg-writers will gleefully add more constraints to our car lives, and cost us money to boot. Maybe a solution would be to have the government pay people drawing unemployment benefits to sit on or in your trunk and watch for obstacles and little kids. Or better yet, teach them how to install add-on back-up alarms, pay them to do the install and we pick up the cost of the alarm.
      Remember, government's mission, first and foremost, is to perpetuate ITSELF and it only gets worse with time. Look at England.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah.. I was once run over by a soccer mom in an SUV. While putting air in my tires at a gas station I felt a kick to my back, before you know it I was pinned between my car and her rear bumper. Then the vacuous ditz realizes realizes her truck doesn't go so good.. and it's making funny noises underneath, she gets out and is surprised to find me and my CAR behind her. I'm barely back up when she asks, "didn't you see my reverse lights.. and you scratched up my trunk!".

      That day I unleashed words specially reserved for that level of stupidity and ignorance, words I had never directed towards a women before. It was a great scene.

      If she couldn't see a car in her mirror then I'm not sure what use a back-up camera would have been. For some people it's a drive-by-braille sort of thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Lady, my back hurts. I think I need an ambulance."
      • 5 Years Ago
      People are probably just as inattentive as ever.

      With trucks and SUVs large blind spots are unavoidable (though some are worse than others - witness the Toyota FJ Cruiser), and this becomes more of an issue as these large vehicles are used as family transport with kids nearby.

      But with cars, styling is the main culprit with today's de riguer high belt lines and gunslit windows.

      Adding a backup camera to solve the problem certainly is better than nothing, but in a vehicle with decent visibility you don't need one - and a camera/screen is just another gadget that will eventually break down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its true that some vehicles have worse rear visibility than others, but its no excuse to run into things behind you. Those drivers just need to understand their vehicles proportions and use more caution. You don't see transport trucks diving between lanes, not solely because they're not built for it but because they have to be extra sure that everybody else knows where they intend to go. It all goes back to driving basics and it kills me that our only solutions are new (costly) technology instead of basic road skills.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice figures but compared to what? Is it a decrease over previous years? Who knows the article leaves out prior years. So maybe it went up as people were able to aim better and target fixate?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Backup cams or some kind of proximity warning system should be MANDATORY on ALL cars. This is way past due. The technology has developed such that this is now CHEAP and EASY.
      I bet all of those people who had a lapse of judgement and ran over somebody's toddler would support this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right, because it wasn't their fault they backed over the kid, it was the manufacturers fault for not putting a video screen in that they could ignore and still back the kid over.

        I used a video backup camera in a Lexus that my neighbor had. What a waste. The thing really didn't help and moving my head from the camera to behind the vehicle so I could see what was around me was a tremendous distraction. Several uses convinced me to be wary of anyone using these things and just turn my head around and be responsible.
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