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White House Reviewing Proposed Rear-View Camera Mandate

Posted on January 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House is now reviewing the latest set of proposed federal vehicle standards for rear visibility, the Detroit News reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, delivered the newest iteration of the proposed rules on Dec. 25, after conducting its own analysis. Now OMB will assess the rules’ costs and benefits and determine whether to give its final approval.

To comply with the proposed standards for rear visibility, auto manufacturers would need to equip all new vehicles with rear-view cameras. The goal is to prevent backup crashes that, according to NHTSA, on average kill 292 people and injure 18,000 annually. Children under the age of five represent 44 percent of the deaths. NHTSA estimates that a rear-view camera mandate would cut the number of deaths in half.

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