Government again delays regulations on rearview cameras for cars to prevent back-over deaths

  • Article by: JOAN LOWY , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 6:01 PM

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles, a victory for automakers who say requiring the cameras is too costly.

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justanother1Jun. 20, 13 7:15 PM

This is great news. We need to stop wasting time and resources on things that will save 100 lives per year going in revers when there are other things that should be done to save the 100 that are lost per day on our current highway infrastructure in cars going forward.

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brianjapanJun. 20, 13 8:12 PM

The cameras are great EXCEPT in winter the snow blocks the camera and when it is sunny you can't see with the glare.

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gwbuddyJun. 20, 13 8:13 PM

I don't plan on buying a new car UNLESS, and UNTIL, that car has a rearview camera. Plenty of time to save up money for that purchase.

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railroadJun. 20, 13 8:23 PM

justanother1.. if it were a member of your family killed by someone backing up, you wouldnt be talking like that

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rogue37Jun. 20, 13 8:26 PM

if it only cost at the most 203 dollars. Why is it costs 700 dollars plus option. could the government be wrong on their estimates? Maybe like electronic pull tabs to finance a stadium.

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supervon2Jun. 20, 13 9:22 PM

So, the article insinuates there would be no deaths with backup cameras? Let's be more thoughtful here and remember that you can't fix stupid and driver error.

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raineyrooJun. 20, 1310:05 PM

I've driven numerous vehicles over the years from a 911 to a delivery van while in college. I never backed into anything or anyone. There is simply no reason that these accidents should happen. Chalk these unfortunate deaths up to inattentive drivers. More than likely, these are the people you see in vehicles (full size SUV's and minivans) much larger than they can properly handle.

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FrankLJun. 20, 1310:14 PM

There's a simpler method that has worked for cars for many years, turn your head and look out the rear window. I can understand that trucks have a blind spot, but there's no excuse for cars. This is more a problem of lazy drivers.

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type11Jun. 21, 13 9:04 AM

We just bought a Prius with a backup camera and I love it. Sure you can use mirrors, turn your head, etc... but as someone who is in a day care parking lot every day, the additional view is very comforting.

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