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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has required all vehicles made 2018 or later have rearview cameras. (Source: Wiki Commons/MGN) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has required all vehicles made 2018 or later have rearview cameras. (Source: Wiki Commons/MGN)

(RNN) - New vehicles will be required to have rearview cameras or other technology that allows drivers to have increased visibility by 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled Monday.

The NHTSA stated there was an average of 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries per year caused by backover crashes. Children ages five and younger account for 31 percent of the accidents, and adults 70 and older another 26 percent.

"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."

The rule requires all vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, to come equipped with rear visibility technology. It will apply only to those manufactured May 1, 2018 or later.

The rule complements action taken in 2013 to incorporate rear visibility technology into the New Car Assessment Program, the NHTSA stated.

"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."

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