A lot of cars already have them, but by May of 2018 all new vehicles under 10,000 lbs. will be required to have backup cameras. Show Transcript Hide Transcript.
Backup cameras latest requirement for new cars
PADUCAH- Some of the most dangerous places we drive, we drive in reverse, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled Monday a requirements for all light-weights vehicles to have “rear-view visibility systems” or backup cameras.
The rule would mean every new car, truck, and SUV manufactured after May 1, 2018 would have to have a camera. According to the NHTSA, 210 people die each year and more than 15,000 injured in light-vehicle backup accidents. The agency estimates once ever car on the road has the technology, by 2054, 58 to 69 lives will be saved every year.
Paducah driver Teddy Messenger said if the camera saves one life or stops one accident, it’s worth its cost, but understands why some fear the requirement will drive up sticker costs on dealership lots.
The NHTSA estimates the cost per vehicle to equip vehicles would be about $130 to $140 dollars for an entire system, and $43 to $45 per car to add a camera to a car that already has a display screen.
A lot of little kids that wouldn't be seen without these cameras and others likely will stay alive because of this new Federal Law