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All cars getting rear-view cameras

by David Zatz on

All vehicles sold in North America (weighing under 10,000 pounds) will have backup cameras by mid-2018, according to regulations approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation today. The rules were mandated by Congress in 2008, due to parents killing their children by backing up into them — presumably a result of the greater popularity of pickup trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, as well as cars designed with high trunks that slash rear visibility.

This type of accident was reported as being the largest killer of children in automobile collisions.  The original regulations were finalized in 2010, but were delayed due to the costs involved.


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