Best backup cameras improve vehicle safety
The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
The U.S. Transportation Department is betting that backup cameras on light cars and trucks will save lives.
Through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the department has proposed that every light duty vehicle sold in the United States by 2014 have some sort device on it that detects pedestrians in the blind spots behind a vehicle.
By pedestrians, NHTSA actually means children under 5 years old and people over 70 years old. Those two groups make up 77 percent of the estimated 228 people killed in back up accidents every year.
“The changes we are proposing today will help drivers see into those blind zones directly behind vehicles to make sure it is safe to back up,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.