New Safety Features Mandated to Prevent Fatalities and Injuries in Low-Speed Back-Up Accidents

On December 3, 2010, The US Department of Transportation proposed a new safety regulation to help diminish blind spots behind vehicles that can prevent drivers from seeing pedestrians, especially young children and the elderly.child behind car in reverse

This proposal would expand the required range of view for all passenger cars, pickup trucks, minivans, buses and low-speed vehicles so that the drivers can see directly behind them while in reverse. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes automobile manufacturers will begin to install video cameras and interior video displays to meet these proposed standards. In order to meet said requirements, ten percent of new vehicles must comply by September 2012, forty percent by September 2013 and one-hundred percent by September 2014.

The steps we are taking today will help reduce back-over fatalities and injuries not only to children, but to the elderly and other pedestrians…And while these changes will make a difference, drivers must remember that NO technology can, or should replace full attention and [caution] when backing up…- NHTSA Admin. David Strickland

So, you may now be asking yourself, “How much will these upgrades cost and how will it affect my insurance coverage?” Although newer vehicles will most likely cost more to insure than your older car, you may be able to get auto and car insurance discounts if your new vehicle includes certain safety features. If your car is equipped with a backup camera safety feature, you may be able to receive ADDITIONAL discounts. Make sure to tell your insurance agent about all safety features that have been installed after vehicle purchase.

Published in: on December 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

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