SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 26, June 27, 2013

NHTSA Delays Requirement to Install Rearview Cameras on New Cars

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has once again delayed implementation of a rule that would require all new passenger cars be equipped with a rearview camera system. The equipment is intended to prevent back-over accidents by alerting drivers when pedestrians are behind the vehicles. Under a law passed in 2008, NHTSA had until 2011 to issue the rule to be phased-in by 2014. 

While the law permitted sensors, mirrors or other devices to provide drivers with rearward information, NHTSA determined that a camera and dashboard display screen system was the best solution. The automakers have generally objected to not being provided more flexibility on cost-effective ways to achieve the goal. As of 2012, about 44% of new cars included rear cameras as standard equipment and another 27% offered the equipment as an option. 

For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein stuartg@sema.org.

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