VEHICLES MUST NOW HAVE A BACK UP CAMERA – IT’S THE LAW!
You may have heard the FMVSS 111 name drop and thought it’s just more jargon from the auto industry. This time, though, the new rules likely apply to you, also! Here’s a brief recap of what we know. If you have additional questions on whether your vehicle qualifies for the fix, give us a call at 414-344-9500 and we’ll point you in the right direction.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a final rule to amend FMVSS 111 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111) that requires all vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds GVWR, including some Type A-1 school buses in that weight category, be equipped with rear-view cameras by May 1, 2018. The FMVSS 111 has traditionally only included rear-view mirrors, but has now been amended to include rear camera systems. Generally speaking, 10,000 GVWR are pickup trucks and smaller. We will likely be ordering backup cameras as a standard option on new vehicles. The addition of a backup camera to a new vehicle will add approximately $40-$140 to the price of the car. The amendment of FMVSS 111 follows an outcry from consumer groups and by families touched by tragic back-over accidents, especially those involving children.
The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) explains the field view in a video HERE.
What it means to you: Although NHTSA’s mandate doesn’t go into effect until May 1, 2018, expect many newly released or redesigned cars to add backup cameras earlier than that.