Feds Say New Cars Must Have Backup Cameras By Model-Year 2019


After years of delays and lawsuits, the government's proposed backup camera mandate is finally a reality, according to reports from The Detroit News. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled that all vehicles less than 10,000 pounds must be equipped with a backup camera starting in 2018 for model-year 2019 vehicles.

The mandate is a long time coming: Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act in 2008, named after a child killed when an SUV backed into him in 2002. The bill stipulated that the Department of Transportation had to issue a backup camera law within three years. After years of setbacks, several safety groups sued the DOT last year, citing an "unreasonable delay" in creating backup-camera rules.

Cost is one of the points at issue; NHTSA says the backup camera will likely cost the auto industry an extra $58 to $203 per vehicle, but that the equipment would cut between 95 and 112 of the nearly 300 backup deaths per year in the U.S. NHTSA cites that about 100 of those annual deaths are of children younger than 5. Some automakers, like Honda, have already started offering standard backup cameras across their lineups.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 31, 2014 | Comments (10)



Here's an idea: drivers to be more capable by 2019



1. Having BU camera and looking into it - 2 different things

2. People will have to spend 1.2-1.7 Billion dollars to save a 100 lives. While same government is Ok to facilitate killing of 1.5 million people in Iraq

3. Wait until gvmnt start acting on latest report about climate change.


I think this is good news. Audi A3 is a good example of this rib off. The base model is well equipped but if I want a backup camera I need to get Premium Plus and the Driver Assistance Package which will add up to $4300. For something that soon will be the law and really should have been already.


I would rather see the Obama administration focus on preventing GM from hurting or killing drivers with their faulty ignition switches.


Great, just what we need, more electronics and distractions inside automobiles. As if cell phones, GPSes, HD and satellite radios, CD players, MP3 players, and large LCD touch screen displays weren't enough, now we can add cameras and monitors to the list. Everything to keep your attention away from the items that matter most: the road and your surroundings.

I'm not saying this isn't a nice feature, but seriously? Requiring it? Is there an epidemic of people being backed over I haven't heard about? Or are using our mirrors too old school?

Let me guess - there is going to be a tax and an insurance increase for people who don’t get these installed. I’m lucky enough to live in a state without a lot of registration costs (Arizona), and I pay $25/month for insurance (from 4AutoInsuranceQuote), and even then, I can still barely afford to drive. If these things cost us more money, I swear to god…

IMO - This is just more crap to quit working on your new car.


I agree with Katy's comments. Also, I can see people using ONLY the backup cameras when they are backing up, which will make backing up MORE dangerous! When the cameras or associated electronics fail, people aren't going to get them fixed (too expensive and not required to operate their vehicles).



While that's a great suggestion, I'd love to hear a useful plan to implement that. Even if you look at our current driving exams, people are tested on useful habits such as always using turn signals, looking over the shoulders, checking mirrors before driving, etc. Unfortunately, this stuff quickly gets ignored after the test is passed.


I don't think the energy invested in developing this mandate took away from them being able to magically prevent GM's issues. Any delays in that process are more likely from bureaucracy and the time in general needed to find statistical relevance.

Jakob Stagg

Has anyone considered teaching drivers to drive? The main reason running over people occurs is because of distracted driving. They are distracted by all the technology that hangs on cars now. Adding more will only make it worse.


Where will the industry purchase the devices from? Will they be made in Detroit that badly needs the jobs or Taipei? If purchased outside the U.S. its a lose lose. If it keeps kids safe and creates jobs at home then I would cinvider it.

I think it is a great idea.

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