It is very sad every time we read about a child being hurt or killed when a driver accidentally runs over the child while backing up. (See The Des Moines Register – 4/11/2013 – “Rear-view cameras could have saved tot, Iowan says”) So, it is understandable why parents who have experienced this tragedy would lobby Congress to require all new cars to have a rear-view camera. Unfortunately, rear-view cameras would not prevent most of these accidents. I have had a rear-view camera for several years and, like most people, I look at it when I know there is something behind me – for example when parallel parking. Otherwise, when I am backing up, I am also looking at side view mirrors and both left and right to see if there is any other traffic or obstacles If we must require all new cars to have a backup accident prevention device,then it should be a device with a sensor that sounds an alarm if it detects something near the back of the car.
Link to Register article: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304110078