NHTSA will require all new cars in US be sold with backup cameras after four year delay on ruling

Starting in 2018, all new vehicles will be required to have backup cameras, after a phase in period through 2016 and 2017.

Initially, the ruling was supposed to go into effect this year. The US Congress passed a law requiring a full review of backup cameras way back in 2008. The ruling by NHTSA was initially proposed in 2010, stating cameras would need to be equipped as standard by 2014.

However, the ruling has been in limbo until today. Limited run automakers will be exempt from the new law, though most bespoke autos are already equipped with the technology. Ten percent of all vehicles built after May 2016 will need the cameras, with the percentage going up to forty for vehicles built after May 2017. All passenger cars and trucks will need to be equipped with backup cameras for the 2019 model year.

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Mark Stevenson is a former IT professional turned freelance automotive writer and news editor for Autos.ca. He's a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and former member of the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Mark spends an inordinate amount of time on motorcycles and resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his two dogs - Nismo and Maloo. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.