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All New Cars, SUVs Sold in U.S. Must Now Have Backup Cameras

It's part of an effort to try and reduce the number of deaths and injuries.

May 03, 2018 - 3:02 pm

New cars sold in the United States must now be outfitted with rearview cameras.

It's part of an effort to try and reduce the number of deaths and injuries that happen when vehicles back over people.

The federal safety requirement took effect Tuesday, about four years after it was first announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, CNN Money reports.

"NHTSA prioritizes safety on U.S. roads, and yesterday we reached an important milestone," said NHTSA administrator Heidi King, in a statement Wednesday. "This technology helps drivers see behind the vehicle, which we anticipate will help save lives and prevent injuries."

The rule applies to all new vehicles weighing fewer than 10,000 pounds - which is most models - whether they're manufactured in the U.S. or imported.

Most new cars are already in compliance with the rule, CNN Money reports. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 97 percent of 2018 models have rearview cameras, compared to 8 percent in 2006.