Should Rearview Video Systems Be Mandatory in All Vehicles?

by Carmen Dellutri on October 7, 2013

Cape Coral personal injury attorneyThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently added rearview video systems to its list of recommended safety features. The technology is credited with improving visibility and helping to deter backover accidents.

As we have previously reported on this Florida Injury Blog, more than 200 Americans are killed and 17,000 injured every year in backover crashes. Children under the age of five represent almost half of the fatalities.

"As we’ve seen with other features in the past, adding rearview video systems to our list of recommended safety features will encourage both automakers and consumers to consider more vehicles that offer this important technology," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "While adding this technology to our list of safety features is important, I remain committed to implementing the rear visibility rule as well."

Safety advocates, however, are disappointed that the federal regulator did not go further. They contend that the NHTSA’s action is intended to draw the public’s attention away from the yearlong delays that have plagued the rear visibility rule, which would make back-up cameras mandatory. The regulation, which was to be fully implemented by September 2014, has now been delayed five times.

In response, several consumer advocacy groups, including Consumers Union and Kids And Cars, Inc., have filed a lawsuit intended to force the agency’s hand. The petition asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to declare that the Department of Transportation has unreasonably delayed the rule, and order the rule be issued within 90 days.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers motor vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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