On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that by 2018 all new vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds must include “rear-visibility technology” as standard equipment.
The inclusion of backup cameras is aimed at reducing the roughly 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries caused by backup accidents every year. An NHTSA official said that backup cameras would “save lives” and would reduce the “heartache” that such accidents cause, the Los Angeles Times notes.
A number of vehicles — including cars from Honda (HMC) — have already made backup cameras standard equipment on 2015 models.
Consumer safety advocates have been pressing the NHTSA to make backup cameras standard in new vehicles for some years. Congress passed legislation in 2008 requiring the Department of Transportation to develop backup camera standards for vehicles. However, the government has repeatedly delayed issuing new standards.
The NHTSA move comes as a lawsuit designed to compel regulators to comply with the law is headed to the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
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