Starting May 1, 2018, rearview cameras must be installed in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds. The final rule was issued today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
"Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents — our children and seniors," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "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."
The ruling applies to all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, manufactured in the U.S. on or after May 1, 2018. The rearview cameras must provide a 10-foot by 20-foot field of view directly behind the vehicle.
The NHTSA reports that there are an average of 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries per year caused by vehicles operating in reverse. Children under 5-years-old account for 31 percent of back-over fatalities, and adults 70 years of age and older account for 26 percent, according to the NHTSA.
To help protect children from car-related accidents, visit the NHTSA site for recommended safety tips.
The mandate is part of the NHTSA’s effort last year to incorporate rearview technology into their New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The NCAP program is largely referenced for its 5-Star Safety Ratings.
Honda is the first automaker to offer a rearview camera system that has been added to the NCAP’s list of recommended technologies. The recommended rearview camera is available for more than 20 Honda and Acura vehicles for the 2014 model year. By the 2015 model year, the rearview camera will be standard on all Honda and Acura models.