Backovers

Every year, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured because a driver backing up didn’t see them. A backover incident typically takes place when a car is backing out of a driveway or parking space.

Child Stories

Backover tragedies change the lives of parents, families, and communities forever. The links below will take you to stories of just a few children whose lives were lost, and some near misses, because they could not be seen in the blindzone behind a vehicle.

Tragedies
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Near Misses
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Fact Sheet
  • In the U.S. at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week.
  • The predominant age of victims is one year olds. (12-23 months)
  • Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV)
  • Tragically, in over 70% of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.

Fact Sheet for Backovers (English)

Fact Sheet for Backovers (Spanish)

Fact Sheet for Backovers (Hmong)

“Blindzones” vs “Blind Spots”

Learn the BlindZone measurement for your vehicle Consumer Reports has measured the blindzones of a number of popular vehicle models. The results for both an average-height driver (5 feet 8 inches) and a shorter driver (5 feet 1 inch) are listed in the accompanying charts.

Safety Tips

Learn simple tips on how to keep your children safe in and around vehicles.

Backover Safety Tips

Chart, Statistics, Graphics

Below are KidsAndCars.org charts and graphs which can be downloaded for free and are excellent education materials. We encourage you to share, print, copy, distribute, or enlarge them; but we ask that no changes be made.

Click on an image below to open a full PDF file of the chart.. Please note, the PDF files are large and may take some time to open in your browser.

US Child Fatalities by Type Visibility Chart 50 Children Backed Over Every Week 62 Children Behind this Vehicle Blindzone Chart Non- Fatal Child Incidents by Type us-child-nontraffic-fatalitiesBO_map thumb

 

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Videos

Heighten awareness about the dangers children face in and around motor vehicles with KidsAndCars.org’s Public Service Announcements. Please encourage TV stations, hospital, doctor offices, public health offices, parenting classes, etc., to share this life-saving information.

Backover Studies

Learn more about backovers through studies specific to backover injuries and deaths. There have been several studies published about backovers, but there is still much to be learned.

Technology

Technology is available to reduce the blindzone behind your vehicle. Learn more about what is available today as after market technology you can add to your vehicle today. All vehicles can be retrofitted with rearview video camera systems and/or sensors.

Info on Backup Cameras from NHTSA:

WHAT IS A REARVIEW VIDEO SYSTEM?

A rearview video system (RVS), also known as a backup camera, is a safety technology that helps prevent backover crashes and protect our most vulnerable people—children and senior citizens. By providing an image of the area behind the vehicle, backup cameras help drivers see behind the vehicle.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

When a driver shifts a vehicle into reverse, the RVS shows—either in the dashboard or in a small display in the rearview mirror—an image of the area behind the vehicle. The field of view includes a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. It’s important to remember that rearview video systems are not a replacement for mirrors or turning around to look; rather, they’re an added safety tool for revealing hidden dangers.

DOES NHTSA RECOMMEND REARVIEW VIDEO SYSTEMS?

Yes, in fact, by May 2018, NHTSA will require this life-saving technology on all new vehicles. Until then, we recommend you look for RVSs that meet NHTSA’s performance specifications when shopping for a vehicle.  Today, RVSs are optional equipment on many new cars, SUVs and trucks. To find out if RVS is available in the vehicle you’re interested in buying, visit NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings and search for 2011 vehicles and newer.

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  • Audiovox – provides smart, dependable and affordable Rear Collision Avoidance solutions to keep families safe in the driveway and on the road.
  • Backup4Safety – Backup4safety.com is in the business of providing a safe environment for our children by making premium rearview backup safety systems accessible to everyone through direct sales, charitable donation, fundraising and “Pay It Forward” good will programs.
  • Gentex – automatically shows a driver the view of what is directly behind the vehicle when it is put in “reverse” so that the rear blind zone is visible.
  • Echomaster – the premier manufacturer of reverse sensing devices, is dedicated to preventing reversing accidents. Safety is our number one concern.
  • Ackton – a world leader in the manufacturing of parking sensors for the automotive, commercial, and R.V. markets.
  • Rostra – recently introduced BabyCam, a system with allows safe and easy monitoring of children in their car seats without taking driver focus from the road.
  • ScopeOut – a patented system of aerodynamic mirrors that are strategically placed on the vehicle to provide a panoramic rear view of vehicles or persons approaching on the street or down the sidewalk.
  • VisorView – The rear view camera system VISOR-VIEW is compatible with virtually any vehicle. Drivers now have an affordable way to view hidden object