This week in safety: CU advocates backup cameras

Consumer Reports News: May 08, 2009 05:03 PM

Rear blind zones are a serious safety issue. According to federal statistics, about 228 people were backed over in 2008 in the U.S. when drivers couldn’t see them. Based on our years of experience with backup cameras and sensor systems, Consumers Union recommends a regulation be crafted to mandate such systems in order to remove deadly blind zones behind cars.

In public comments made this week to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, CU, parent of Consumer Reports, recommended that the agency adopt a standard requiring backup cameras and passive sensors to alert drivers when they need to look at the rear-view screen. Read more about backup cameras on our Cars blog.

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