Federal regulators will require all vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds to have backup cameras after 2018.
Citing deaths and injuries caused by backing up cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the change on Monday, Jalopnik reported.
Vehicles produced after May 1, 2018 will fall under the new regulations, which involve a camera 10-foot by 20-foot field of view from the camera. Other standards will for rear cameras will include image size, linger time, response time, durability and deactivation, according to the NHTSA.
"Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents--our children and seniors," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. "As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents."
Backover crashes cause around 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries every year. According to the NHTSA, 31 percent of those fatalities are children under 5 years of age, while adults age 70 and older make up 26 percent.
"Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur," NHTSA acting administrator David Friedman said in a statement. "We're already recommending this kind of life-saving technology through our NCAP program and encouraging consumers to consider it when buying cars today."
Agency officials believe the new requirement will save 58 to 69 lives each year "once the entire on-road vehicle fleet is equipped with rear visibility systems," according to an NHTSA news release.