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Rear-View Cameras May Be Added to the List of Mandatory Safety Kit in 2014

Rear-view cameras are becoming increasingly common on most new cars, and while they are not standard yet, they may very well be as of 2014. Apparently, as many as 300 people die every year in the US, as a direct result of accidents when backing up, while a reported 16,000 are injured.
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Backup cameras could join the now commonplace airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitors and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) on the list of features which are now found as standard on the latest and newest cars.

It all hangs on one person, Ray LaHood from the US Department of Transportation, who could put this new law to the vote by the end of this month. It would require all vehicles, from 2014 onward, to be equipped with such cameras. This is not the first time this has been brought up, as LaHood delayed having to take a decision on the matter, earlier in the year, in February.

According to The Detroit News, having such a system retrofitted to one’s car would set you back around $203, if the car it is being installed on does not have a usable screen, and if it does have one which can be used, drivers will only have to pay for the camera, wiring and installation, and then the cost goes down to around $88. These are also the amounts by which the price of the cars will be increased, if the law passes.


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