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.