Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Reverse Backup Sensors are a must have for safety and piece of mind. Have you ever had an accident while backing up? Ever injured someone, or come way close to a child while backing up? Reverse Backing Systems backup sensors are the answer to your problem. Using ultrasonic waves, the sensors (whether mounted in the bumper or license plate frame) detect objects as far as 6 feet behind you and transmit a signal to either the LCD screen or speaker depending on the kit that is chosen. Make your daily drive a little easier with Reverse Backup Sensors from Reverse Backing Systems!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Consumers, many now driving trucks with big blind spots that block the view behind them, are rushing the market for alarms that warn when they are backing close to something.
Drivers of minivans, pickups and sport-utility vehicles are backing into and killing an average 88 people a year, besides causing billions of dollars of property damage. That's out of an average 116 people a year killed — a third of them children — by any kind of vehicle backing up, says the Centers for Disease Control. backup sensor
Backup alarms that beep inside a truck or car when it is backing close to something are becoming one of the hottest automotive products, either as a manufacturer's option or aftermarket addition.
Outside, the systems look like several buttons set into the bumper. Inside, they beep faster as the vehicle nears an obstruction.
Ford Motor has one of the most sophisticated systems. It uses signals from both sonar and radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect moving and stationary obstacles up to 20 feet behind the vehicle. backup sensor
Ford figured 20% of buyers would take the option last year on its Lincoln Navigator full-size SUV. Instead, 80% did, so Ford made it standard on the '03 Navigator and is looking to expand the number of models that offer it.
That kind of demand has created additional problems:
Drivers who have the alarms are developing false confidence. Automakers say most of the systems are designed to prevent backing into stationary obstacles, such as posts or other cars, and can't reliably detect children, pets or other moving objects.
By David Kiley USA TODAY usatoday.com/money/autos/2002-10-13-back-up-alarms_x.htm
Saturday, February 17, 2007
A year after little Veronica lost her life when a neighbor backed out of his driveway, her mom is lobbying hard for safety sensors.
By Patty Pensa South Florida Sun-Sentinel March 26, 2006.
West Boca -- The morning was still, quiet, perfect for a stroll. And, boy, did 2-year-old Veronica Rosenfeld love to stroll.
Then it happened, quickly, without warning.
"Out of nowhere, he backed out," said her mom, Arden Rosenfeld. "The next thing I saw was my child under the car."
It was a year ago Monday when the Rosenfelds' 73-year-old neighbor pulled his Lincoln Town Car out of his driveway, striking Veronica, who was only five feet ahead of her mom, never out of view. She died at the hospital.
Rosenfeld sits still on a couch in her spacious home west of Boca Raton. Her voice is steady as she retells the worst day of her life, the story broken by quick, heavy sighs.
Instead of being consumed by her tragedy, Rosenfeld stands at the forefront of a movement to make backup sensors or cameras as common as seatbelts. Advocates say the need for such devices has grown with the super-sizing of SUVs and trucks.
Nationwide, more than 100 children died last year after being hit by vehicles as they backed up. Legislation in Congress aims to prevent these accidents by requiring devices that alert drivers when someone is behind their vehicles.
Cameras and sensors already are offered on some new models, but it would be up to the U.S. Department of Transportation to decide what should be the norm.
"I can't imagine why anyone would stop this," Rosenfeld said.
On March 9, a day after what would have been Veronica's third birthday, Rosenfeld traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby alongside the founder and president of Kids and Cars, a nonprofit group based in Kansas.
The group gained momentum last year when President Bush signed a law directing the Transportation Department to start collecting data on these accidents. The department also was told to study backup safety technology.
"Those were significant strides forward," said Janette Fennell, Kids and Cars president. "But that was just laying the groundwork."
While the fate of the latest legislation is uncertain, advocates are encouraged by its bipartisan support. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Sen. John Sununu, R-New Hampshire, are co-sponsors. If passed, it would give automakers three years to make the safety devices standard.
In John DeSimone's household they already are. DeSimone, of Parkland, added sensors to the family vehicles four years ago. DeSimone has a Ford F150 pickup truck, and his wife just got the Infiniti QX56 SUV with a rearview camera.
"I'm a safety nut when it comes to my kids," said DeSimone, whose daughters are 10 and 11. "I think certainly every truck and SUV should have it."
It's also DeSimone's business to install backup sensors and cameras, though they're not that popular. Yet.
DeSimone, a partner in Ideal Automotive and Truck Accessories in Fort Lauderdale, and others in the business expect the trend for backup systems to grow. For now, iPod and satellite radio systems are the most common installations for Interactive Electronics, a mobile business west of Boca Raton.
"They should definitely come on cars automatically," said Tom Nesbit, who owns Interactive Electronics. "It's not like it's that expensive."
Adding backup sensors costs a few hundred dollars. Retrofitting a car for a camera system is more expensive, from several hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars.
For more on the story visit sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pbackover26mar26,0,1905460.story?coll=sfla-news-palm.
Friday, February 16, 2007
We hear a lot in the news about the controversies and dangers of Sport Utility Vehicles or SUVs, especially how much gas they use and their risk of rollovers.
For many parents with large families or who drive a lot of kids around, SUVs are a necessity. And many parents think that their kids are safer, in case they are in an accident, if they are in a large SUV.
However, SUVs may pose a very real and deadly hazard to children, as do minivans and large pickup trucks. And that is because they have poor rear visibility and a large blind spot, the space behind your car or SUV that you can't normally see in your rear-view mirror, which can make it easier to back over a child.
According to Kids 'N Cars, which is compiling statistics on these types of incidents, 'in 2002, at least 58 children died as a result of being backed over by a motor vehicle. (more than one per week) Sadly, in over 60% of these incidents, there was a parent or close relative behind the wheel.'
That doesn't mean that you can't drive an SUV, but you should be more careful when backing up, especially if there might be kids around. backup sensor
Also, keep in mind that even regular cars have blind spots, so always be careful when backing up, even if you aren't in an SUV. The current statistics on injuries and deaths from backing over a child don't seem to break them down by type of vehicle. You would think that more injuries occur as a vehicle just begins to back up and not after it has already gone 20 or 30 feet, so backing up your smaller car might pose just as big a risk. backup sensor
Still, in addition to having a longer and wider blind spot, a large SUV is also going to have a taller blind spot (maybe 4 feet or so) than a smaller car (often only 2-3 feet), so more kids would be at risk of not being seen and being run over in an SUV. backup sensor
And one study, from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, did show that the majority of drive-way related collisions 'resulted from a truck or sport-utility vehicle going in reverse'.
But this article isn't about SUV bashing. It is about preventing injuries to children from getting backed over.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
A mini-speaker is located inside the vehicle, usually on the rear parcel shelf or the rear pillar on a wagon or SUV. Simple connections are required, one wire to a back up light wire and another to a good ground. Every other connection is a plug-in. backup sensor
HOW IT WORKS:When you put the vehicle in reverse, the unit emits two "beeps" to indicate that it is in operation. Then as you get closer to an object, the beeping increases in frequency and then becomes steady to indicate that you should stop backing. backup sensor
These units are intended to supplement your use of mirrors and turning of your head when backing up. Drive carefully! Great for cars, vans, trucks and RVs with plastic bumpers.
NOTE: The reversing aid is strictly a drive assist device. It should not be considered to be a safety device for any purpose.
It is not a substitute for driver responsibility when operating a vehicle. Please follow all local and federal laws when backing up your vehicle. The manufacturer and the distributor of these reversing aids do not guarantee or assume liability for "collision or damages" that take place when backing your vehicle. Use your mirrors, turn around and use all of the proper precautions to safely back your vehicle.