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Legislation Seeks to Reduce Vehicle Backovers Injuring Children

May 17, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- A new Congressional bill seeks to upgrade safety standards for blind spots in new vehicles, in hopes of reducing the chances of children being backed over by SUVs and trucks.The bill would require automakers to expand vehicle rear visibility using such means as additional mirrors, sensors, cameras and other technology, according to an Associated Press report. The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). The bill also calls for the government to consider improving safety standards for power windows to protect children from getting their necks caught in the path of a window. The legislation also proposes new rules on brake interlock systems so that a vehicle would shift out of park only when the brake pedal was depressed. Safety advocates say that about four children die each week in accidents involving backovers, strangulation from power windows, or being left behind in hot vehicles.
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