NHTSA: Car Rear-View Cameras Could Be Required by 2014 image

The Department of Transportation today is proposing a new safety regulation that would effectively make rear-view cameras mandatory equipment in all new cars by late 2014.

The rule change is intended to reduce incidents of accident while in reverse by eliminating blind spots.

“There is no more tragic accident than for a parent or caregiver to back out of a garage or driveway and kill or injure an undetected child playing behind the vehicle,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. He said the changes would “help drivers see into those blind zones directly behind vehicles to make sure it is safe to back up.”

Nearly 300 people are killed and 18,000 injured each year because of backovers, according to data kept by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly half the deaths involve children under age 5 and the crashes also affect the elderly.

The government will be requiring that 10 percent of vehicles be compliant with 2012 model cars, and 40 percent in 2013, with full compliance with new vehicles by 2014.