Rear-view cameras on vehicles required by 2018

Posted at 10:46 AM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 13:46:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The deadline for all new cars to have a rear-view camera is fast approaching, but it's already too late to help an Escondido family.

One-year-old Kloe Cruz was hit and killed Monday night by a driver backing up. A rear-view camera might have prevented the crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration put a rule in place in 2014 that requires any new car under 10,000 pounds to have a rear-view camera. The deadline for compliance is May 2018.

At Frank Subaru in National City, the entire fleet already complies with the rule.

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"Anything that will assist you in that driving process, people are really leaning towards that," said Robert Wind, a manager at the dealership.

Wind was heartbroken to hear about what happened to Kloe and her family.

The NHTSA says about 200 people are killed every year by back-up crashes. Another 14,000 are injured.

The cameras have to have a range of view of 10 feet by 20 feet. The cameras could add anywhere from $40 to $140 to the cost of a car, but Wind said that's worth it for the safety is brings.

"If it helps you avoid one accident in the life of the car, it pays for itself," he told 10News.