The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require rear-visibility technology in all new vehicles by May 2018, it announced today.

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WASHINGTON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require rear-visibility technology in all new vehicles by May 2018, it announced today.

"Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents—our children and seniors," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents."

The final ruling, which was issued today, requires all vehicles under 10,000 pounds to come equipped with rear-view cameras. This will enable the driver to see better behind them.

Cameras must include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle.

"Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur," said NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman. "We're already recommending this kind of life-saving technology through our NCAP program and encouraging consumers to consider it when buying cars today."

There are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries every year caused by backover crashes. NHTSA has found that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of backover fatalities every year. Adults over 70 account for 26 percent.

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