Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement "We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents - our children and seniors. We hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents." It's easy to understand why: children under five and elderly over 70 years of age account for more than half of fatalities related to reversing accidents in the U.S.A., according to an NHTSA report. Some 15,000 people are injured and circa 210 people die yearly after being hit in a back-over maneuver.
Even though some car companies have offered rearview camera systems for a long time now, it's a good thing this feature will become mandatory for all vehicles. Rear visibility requirements will most definitely make driving safer for everybody on the road.
Don't expect car prices to go up too much because of this new requirement. The agency's analists have estimated that this type of equipment would cost carmakers somewhere between $132 and $143 per vehicle. That's a small price to pay for something regarded as a luxury car feature not long ago.