Every New Car Will Need a Rearview Camera by 2018

The nation's top road regulator said the law could save nearly 70 lives annually.

Every new car will have a rearview display on its dashboard by 2018. (National Journal)

Every new car sold in the U.S. will feature rearview cameras by 2018, thanks to a federal rule made Monday.

The rule, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said, will save between 58 and 69 lives annually. According to NHTSA, backover accidents kill 210 people a year and injure 15,000 more.

"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," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The rule is slated to take effect May 1, 2018, and will require cameras to provide a 10-by-20-foot field of vision behind the car. NHTSA said the mandate is "flexible and achievable," thanks to automakers that have already added the feature in many of their models.