NHTSA Delays Backup-Camera Rule Again image

The NHTSA has missed the deadline to release rules regarding the rear-visibility standard for light vehicles.

This is the latest delay of the rules which would spur automakers to fit their vehicles with backup cameras. The Congress ordered the rules back in 2007 in order to prevent accidents in which drivers back over injuring or even killing people. Although the deadline was December 31st the final version of the rule is still under the White House revision, according to a NHTSA spokeswoman.

In a statement, NHTSA said it “remains committed to improving rearview visibility for the nation’s fleet and will issue a final rule upon completion of the regulatory review process.”

The rear-visibility standards prompt automakers to opt to install rearview visibility cameras on all new vehicles, which would help drivers see the video image on a video screen in the dashboard or the rearview mirror. To install the display, the cost of the vehicle will be increased with $159 to $203, according to NHTSA estimates, compared with $58 to $88 for adding cameras at the vehicles with video displays for purposes such as navigation.

The deadline for these rules was February 2011, which was later pushed to February 2012. Although industry analysts and safety experts expected the final rules to be released in December, it seems that automakers will have to wait a little longer.