About 100 children and over 200 adults die every year because drivers accidentally back over them. It's a sad statistic that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration feels can be prevented if all new vehicles come standard with backup cameras.

The New York Times reports that NHTSA plans to announce this week that rearview cameras will be mandatory on all vehicles by 2014. The compulsory cameras and interface for viewing what the camera sees is estimated to set new car buyers back an additional $160 to $200, but the government feels the cost is worth it if it prevents some of the 17,000 Americans that are harmed in backup accidents every year.

Clarence Ditlow, director for the Washington-based Center for Auto Safety, tells The New York Times that while the government acknowledges that in terms of pure numbers, the cost of the program is high and the amount of lives saved is small compared to some other safety implementations. But those numbers look a lot more doable when considering how devastating roll-over deaths are to families. "When you have a parent that kills a child in an incident that's utterly avoidable, they don't ever forget it."

What do you think, should rearview cameras become legally required? Have your say in Comments.

UPDATE: Ward's Auto reports NHTSA has delayed submitting its recommendation to Congress, likely to hold more discussions to hear and address concerns from the auto industry.


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      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about we work on the drivers instead of the cars. Well we can work on the cars too if it means lowering the beltlines so you can actually see behind the car again.
      derkazman2
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I learned to drive, back in the 50s, we were tought to check our rear view mirror, side mirror s and physically turn our heads to both sides while backing out .In over 50 years of driving I have never hit anything backing up.
        summerctz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @derkazman2
        Driving since 1973, same here.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @derkazman2
        Driver training may have been a bit more rigorous then. Also, look at the demographics: anything is allowed to get a license now.
        Fonin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @derkazman2
        part of the CA license written test, asks which shoulder to look over when you turn right/left. i check all, you never know with these crazy drivers now.
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical US government. Instead of treating the illness (unskilled and idiotic drivers) we're treating the symptoms. This is utterly retarded. Let's see now... -stability control -traction control -automatic parallel parking -back up proximity sensors -lane departure warning systems -blind spot warning systems No wonder people can't drive worth a sh*t, they don't have to anymore!
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PatrickH
        Don't forget, -automatic rain sensing wipers -laser guided cruise control -self closing doors -navigation
        Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PatrickH
        I could not have said that better myself! Very nicely done!
      Mr. Jimmy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem that I see with mandatory rearview cameras is that it will make people lackadiscal and not use their human eyes as well as the camera to see if any children are behind them.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate when I accidentally back over dead bodies.
      rhyarbrough
      • 2 Years Ago
      another mandate to make people who won't pay attention have to buy something they still won't pay attention to. Everybody else just pays for something they don't need.
      Forest Chump
      • 2 Years Ago
      More C**p, more $'s because people don't look. And it gives a new excuse for accidents: my car camera didn't show me...! And it give one more reason to not looking where ypou're going...
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This may create more accidents as poor drivers will use the technology as a crutch. They will only look at the screen rather than look around the vehicle and out of the side/rear window when backing. The people who will most rely on the camera system are the morons who back up by just looking into the rear view mirror. Besides, who doesn't check the rear of their vehicle before backing up??
      Clarke Bouma
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me tell you a story. I was at the local home improvement depot, and I saw a gentlemen backing up his brand new Sorento. I watched with great amusement as he backed up staring down at his display. He backed in to a spot across from a Ford ranger. He took great care to park perfectly strait, corrected his angle several times. Despite several people shouting and waving their arms this man proceeded to drive the ladder on the rangers roof through his back window.
      ar
      • 2 Years Ago
      all this law is gonna do is reduce innovation and cause the price of the camera systems to go up. the govenment doesnt need a law to make review cameras mandatory because they will start to become standard equipment in a few years just like cd players and power windows.
      Justin L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well put th0mb0ne. Maybe we should mandate drivers who actually pay attention to their surrounding when they drive.
      wongtpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another big government adding costs to cars. Have you heard of looking around before you back up? Guess not. Too lazy!
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