The NHTSA did not meet its December 31 deadline to establish new rear visibility rules that could possibly lead to rearview cameras.
The 2007 legislation requiring new standards for rear visibility has been delayed for the fourth time due to concerns about increasing costs for automakers. The regulation wants to eliminate blind areas behind cars that could hide the presence of pedestrians, with an emphasis on the elderly and young children.
Three years ago the NHTSA recognized this proposal would add costs of up to 1.6 billion USD but even so they believe it is still worth it. While the proposal sets performance standards, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says car manufacturers will mount rearview video cameras along with in-car displays to meet new proposed standards.
The NHTSA estimates fatalities could be reduced between 95 and 112 annually if cars would have cameras. In addition, they are forecasting a reduction in injuries of 7,072. Cars without a display screen would cost an extra 159-203 USD, while those with a display would cost an additional 58 to 88 USD. These costs are expected to go down over time.