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Can backup camera save lives? Here are the facts In the U.S. at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week. The predominant age of victims is one year olds. (12-23 months). Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV). Tragically, in over 70% of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel. I believe that making a rearview camera standard equipment will help in reducing these tragic numbers.  This can also be a item to improve a shops bottom line by offering a add on camera system.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Tuesday that it will add rearview video systems to its list of recommended features under its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

The addition was made to encourage improved rearview visibility for the nation’s motor vehicle fleet and help prevent back-over accidents, while NHTSA continues to research the implementation of a rear-visibility rule.

“As we’ve seen with other features in the past, adding rearview video systems to our list of recommended safety features will encourage both automakers and consumers to consider more vehicles that offer this important technology,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “While adding this technology to our list of safety features is important, I remain committed…”

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