Backup Camera Rule ’Very Much’ Alive, Strickland Says

The delayed rule that would require backup cameras in new cars remains “very much” on the table, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland said.

“The secretary and I talk about rear visibility every day,” Strickland said today in an interview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, referring to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The rule was delayed for a third time, with NHTSA missing a Dec. 31 deadline to issue it. It’s under discussion at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget as one of the most expensive pending U.S. rules, with a stated cost of $2.7 billion.

“As an administrator, I don’t like missing deadlines,” said Strickland, who as a congressional staff member helped write the law requiring the rule. Automakers have opposed placing the mandate on all vehicles, saying it makes sense for larger cars.

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