Rear view cameras to be required in all new cars by 2018

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WASHINGTON – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will now require rear view cameras in all new cars by May 2018.

The NHTSA said the new rule should reduce the risk of accidents and deaths.

“Safety is our highest priority and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents, our children and seniors,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents.”

MORE: Get all the details from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration

The ruling requires all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, made after May 1, 2018 to have “rear visibility technology that expands the field of view to enable the driver of a motor vehicle to detect areas behind the vehicle.”

According to the NHTSA, the field of view must include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle.

On average, 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries are reported per year caused by back-over crashes.

The NHTSA found that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of back-over fatalities each year and adults 70 years of age and older account for 26 percent.

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