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NHTSA looking to impose backup camera as standard equipment

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's proposed rule requiring all new cars and light-duty trucks to have "rear-view visibility systems" would start phasing in on May 1st, 2016 and be at 100% two years later.

This means that the entire vehicle fleet in the U.S. will be equipped with backup cameras by 2054, helping save up to 69 lives each year, according to NHTSA estimates.

In a 2010 report, the NHTSA said that 210 people die and 15,000 are injured annually in light-vehicle backup incidents, with about 31% of the deaths among kids under age 5 and 26% among adults over 70.

The proposed rule states that all backup cameras would have to give the driver a view of 10'x20' directly behind the vehicle.

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