Backup Cameras Required
A backup camera was an option in the original car package. The United States now requires backup cameras for all new cars. An increase in accidents has prompted the demand for backup cameras. To prevent pedestrians from being run over by drivers backing up, new regulations require backup cameras. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the federal government, approximately 200 pedestrians are killed and 14,000 are injured each year due to cars backing up without seeing the pedestrian. After a number of other mandates to make backing up safer, this requirement was made. Congress passed in 2008 a law that required car companies to implement technology in their cars to improve rear view visibility. After many delays, however, the Department of Transportation required backup cameras in 2014. This gave car companies several years of preparation before it went into effect. Backup cameras have become mandatory as of May 2018. This is applicable to all vehicles less than 10,000 pounds. The vehicle's backup camera must have a minimum of a 10-foot by 20-foot zone. This requirement is not new to car companies. This option is already included in many packages for cars and models with higher-end features. This technology will be included in all new cars, even the most affordable. This will increase the cost of making cars and pass the costs on to consumers. The cost of building cars is relatively low compared to the benefits it has on saving lives. A forty-dollar increase in car prices can be expected by consumers.
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