A few automakers taking the lead on rear visibility safety

We've told you about the long saga to coax the DOT to issue a rear visibility safety standard, as mandated by Congress six years ago, to help prevent "backover" crashes, which primarily affect young children and the elderly. Six weeks ago, DOT finally issued the long-delayed standard, which will effectively require backup cameras in all new vehicles by 2018.

Showing that sometimes good safety practices are also good business, GM has announced that Buick will make backup cameras standard in their cars by 2015. Buick will join Honda, Acura and Infiniti in getting out ahead of the regulatory requirement, reports Automotive News this week.

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