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New Safety Rules Require Rearview Cameras Installed

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a new rule under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that will require all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds to have rearview visibility systems giving the driver a 10-foot by 20-foot zone of vision directly behind the vehicle while backing up. Although the rule does not explicitly mandate the use of cameras to achieve this goal, the most practically available means of compliance would require auto manufacturers to install rearview cameras. NHTSA has included a phase-in period to ease the burden on manufacturers. For new vehicles manufactured after May 1, 2016, but before May 1, 2017, 10% of all new vehicles must be in compliance; 40% new vehicles manufactured after May 1, 2017, and before May 1, 2108, must be in compliance; and, finally, for new vehicles manufactured after May 1, 2018, 100% of a manufacturer’s fleet must be in compliance with NHTSA’s rearview visibility requirements. NHTSA estimates that 58 to 69 lives will be saved each year, not including injuries prevented, once the entire on-the-road vehicle fleet is equipped with rearview visibility systems that meet these requirements.

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