Lawmakers have decided to push back a piece of legislation that would require backup cameras inside all new cars sold in the U.S. until 2015. Regulators have instead decided to give incentives in their safety ratings with vehicles equipped with the technology until the new regulation has been decided upon.
This rule, signed off by President George W. Bush in 2008, was named after a boy in New York whose father backed over him. His injuries were fatal, causing a stir in the industry to place backup cameras in all vehicles so events like this don’t happen again.
Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, announced the most recent delay earlier today in a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller. In his letter, LaHood mentions that before any decision can be made, the cost of the regulation would have to be paid, totaling $18 million per life. This decision has been pushed back three times already, with the most recent deadline being December 31, 2012.
However, automakers continue to voice their displeasure over this new rule, both for the cost and also the belief that it only makes sense for it to apply to larger vehicles.