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NHTSA Proposes Mirrors for Straight Trucks

September 27, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is pro-posing to require straight trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of between 10,000 and 26,000 pounds to be equipped with a rear object detection system, according to the National Association of Fleet Administrators. The purpose of the proposed requirement is to alert drivers to persons and objects directly behind the vehicle, thereby reducing backing-related deaths and injuries. Under NHTSA’s proposal, vehi-cle manufacturers could satisfy the proposed requirement either by installing a mirror system or rear video system that would make the area to the rear of the vehicle visible to the driver.
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