LaHood Sets Goal to Finalize Mandatory Rearview Camera Bill by End of December

A law that requires all vehicles sold in the U.S. to have a rearview camera could be finalized by the end of December if Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has his way. The proposal is nothing new, but LaHood has recently been meeting with White House officials and trying to set a December 31 deadline.

The mandated cameras would raise costs by up to $203 for vehicles without display screens. For cars that already have display screens, the extra cost is estimated at up to $88. The NHTSA says it’s worth the cost since rearview cameras help prevent injury to pedestrians and children, who have become the victims of several “backover” incidents. These types of incidents kill about 300 people a year and injure 16,000, reports The Detroit News. The NHTSA initially wanted to set standards requiring all vehicles have a back-up camera by 2014, which would cost the auto industry $1.9 to $2.7 billion a year. Back-up sensors were considered, as well, but were found to be inconsistent at detecting moving children behind the vehicle during NHTSA tests.

Some automakers have already started to equip new cars with standard rearview cameras. The most recent example of this is the new 2013 Honda Civic. Luxury automakers are also using advanced technology with their systems, such as many brands’ multi-camera technology that depicts views all around the car, and Infiniti’s Backup Collision Intervention, which applies the brake if it senses an obstacle in its path.

Do you think new car consumers would notice or care if MSRPs climbed from $88-$203 to account for a standard rearview camera?

Source: The Detroit News