To curb the more than 200 annual deaths of children killed in car backup incidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be requiring all light vehicles to have "rear view visibility systems," according to a recent USA Today article. What had prompted the mandatory installation of these cameras, states the story, was "outcry" from consumer groups and families impacted by these tragedies.
While lauding the new requirement, burn survivor Pam Elliott is frustrated by the slow process and pushback against a similar--and proven--safety measure in homes, where children under 14 account for 15 percent of fire deaths, per NFPA's "Home Structure Fires" report. Moreover, children under five have historically faced a higher risk of fire death than the overall population.
Read highlights from Elliott's recent op-ed on the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.