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Government red tape of taking a backseat rules requiring auto makers to install backup cameras and every new car sold in the US.
-- getting kicked down the road to two point fifteen.
Outgoing transportation secretary Ray LaHood -- astronomical cost to the industry -- you the consumer.
But our next guest says your child is at risk without those cameras and joining me now we've got Janette -- president and founder of kids and cars dot org.
Thanks for being with us tonight can tell us first reaction to that decision by the of regulators to go ahead and hold off on this.
On this rule.
Well -- -- we're very disappointed.
How we've been working on this for over ten years and -- -- -- for delays so here we go another delay.
And we know because we -- these statistics it's meaning more children -- going to be killed.
And more that are injured we need to do this.
What is it do you think the government's concerned about is -- -- actually just trying to delay because there are working at the behest of the car industry.
Is it that the government thinks that rule isn't good what's the problem.
Well I mean that's would be that million dollar question.
But the fact is if it's not even cost that much -- had a rearview camera to a vehicle at -- less -- about a hundred cameras now.
But they're looking at old -- with.
You know kind of pumped up dollars.
And you know I'm sure the auto industry doesn't want to do that but over 45% of our vehicles already have.
A rearview camera as standard equipment so I don't know what -- waiting for.
Well let me ask you about that because -- 45% of cars that are being sold the newer ones already have a camera.
Why do we need a rule or a law forcing all new cars got a camera as long as those who want that camera can go out and buy it mean almost half a cars may have it.
Why do we need to force carmakers to do it.
The reason is because when you buy it very expensive car are high end car that's when you can get the camera.
And you think this is great you know my kids won't get run over but I can guarantee you that if you're -- a parking lot at the grocery store and someone that.
You know drive that vehicle that isn't quite as expensive.
And you know that child gets backed up because they can't be seen right here -- really wish everybody had a camera.
We'll give -- the thing is and -- -- that there's 240 million cars.
In the US on the roads right now and carmakers sell -- fifteen million new cars every year.
So even if you succeed in getting cameras installed in half of the new cars that don't now have -- There's still 200 million some -- cartel that they don't have -- what good have you really done and by the way the children best as tragic as it is and I am sympathetic to that I have a young daughter.
It's fewer than 300 deaths a year out of 240 million cars should we pass a law requiring all cars on the road all -- billion cars.
To have these cameras.
Well with that attitude with my eyes will take out seat belts and -- -- and everything else that really improve the safety.
I mean think about this in this country -- in any country we have never had any standard whatsoever that -- what should I be able to see when I'm backing up.
We -- just doesn't makes sense you behind the wheel but 3000 pound lethal weapon then.
And you don't get to see anything meet with you my card you couldn't see twenty or thirty feet going -- No I wouldn't but for.
How a hundred years or -- all the cars we've been buying cars that don't have cameras in the back and you bring up the case of air -- -- interesting because it turns out.
The government and we had some producers do some research and don't know this the government 1999 made it law.
But almost all new cars made had air -- by 1998.
Because of the good safety feature to offer it actually -- a car more attractive to buy.
Why don't let the free market.
Push this through instead of coming -- with government edict and -- -- on all cars.
Well I think that the truth of the matter is most people don't understand.
That they can't see behind their vehicle.
And we do a lot of testing and this we asked people all they can see everything and when a child dies they say terrible things like -- -- -- to do is turn your head.
Or something like that and the truth of the matter is you literally cannot avoid hitting something that you can't see.
Now these same people of course will go out and spend a hundred dollars and buy a nice pair of designer sunglasses.
You want those sunglasses -- which -- like.
Not to have a child either killed or seriously injured --
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