MEDFORD, Ore. — A feature that was once a bonus on your automobile is now required for all new cars in the U.S.
The federal regulation took effect Wednesday requiring rearview cameras and video displays in all new passenger vehicles.
Congress passed the law in 2008, but automakers had several years to get ready for the change.
The measure is intended to help drivers avoid accidents.
More than 200 people are killed every year in backover crashes and more than 12-thousand are injured.
Rearview cameras and video displays are already included on many higher-end models and vehicles with extra safety packages.
But now, they will be standard -- even on the cheapest of new cars.
"Kids and Cars" is an advocacy group that supported this regulation. You can read up on some of its research on backover accidents here.
Now the group responsible for this new regulation is pushing for more changes to new vehicles. Watch NewsWatch 12 This Morning to find out what those changes are.