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NHTSA Puts Vehicle Rear Camera Requirement on the Back Burner – For Now

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 20, 2012

Seattle Auto SafetyThe U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently decided to table a plan to require rear cameras in new vehicles built in 2014 or later model years, according to a recent article in USA Politics Today. The delay was called after automakers raised concerns about the cost of installing rear cameras and the possible increases in accidents due to driver distraction that the technology might cause.

The requirement that NHTSA develop a regulation mandating rear cameras on all vehicles was passed by Congress in 2007. The bill specified that by 2014, the NHTSA needed to have regulations in place explaining to automakers what sorts of cameras were required, where they should be placed, and how the driver should have access to the information. These regulations would be a floor, not a ceiling; automakers would have to meet their minimum requirements, but could install higher-quality equipment on some vehicles if they wished.

Accidents that occur when a driver is backing up are responsible for many serious injuries and deaths in the U.S. each year. At particular risk are small children, who are often impossible for drivers to see because they are very short, and who do not understand the risks of darting behind a vehicle when it is backing up or preparing to back up.

Injuries caused by car accidents can be serious, disabling, and even permanent. At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our experienced Washington car accident attorneys fight every day on behalf of those who have been injured by another’s negligence. Call us today at (888) 228-3860 to learn more about how we can help you seek compensation, so you can make the fullest recovery possible.

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