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What you need to know about blind spots

Dozens of times every week, children are backed over by vehicles.

Safety experts say 50 children a week are backed over by cars and in 70 percent of those accidents, it's a family member who is driving.

Just how quickly and easily can it happen? America Now put some vehicles to the test and got reaction from drivers.

"Did you see the orange cone behind your car? No, not at all," driver Bobbi Boyd says.

Boyd wasn't the only driver who didn't see it. That's because the cone is in the vehicle's rear blind spot. 

The cone was placed there while talking to several drivers safely parked in a public lot.

They took precautions when backing out.

"I checked my rearview mirror and turned around and looked," driver Dan Hancock says.

Still all of them were headed right for it.

"If that would have been a child, it would have been...," Boyd says.

"I didn't see the cone so I would have hit whatever it was back there," driver Michelle Beckner says.

"Certainly I can't see below the window and a car without sensor, I wouldn't know anything was there unless you told me," Hancock says.

According to non-profit group Kids and Cars, minivans have an average blind zone of up to 28 feet, SUV's 39 feet and trucks as much as 50 feet.

Could you spot a small child behind your car? If you looked in the mirrors of an SUV you wouldn't see anything out back or on the sides.

More than 15 children can be sitting behind the vehicle and still not be seen. So how do you keep this from happening?"

"This completely eliminates those blind spots that you might have had in a car without a backup camera," says Nick Brazel.

Backup cameras and sensors are the latest technology you'll find in newer vehicles.

"You have a wide angle view, you have a normal view," Brazel says.

So when the cone is behind this minivan, you can't miss it on the camera. Then, the sensors kick in, alerting the driver that something's in that blind zone.

"If you're in a driveway, the bicycle, your child, the family pet, whatever it may be, it's going to keep that five foot buffer," Brazel says.

"One of these days, I think you'll see all vehicles with backup cameras and systems whether it be sensors in the bumpers, letting you know what's behind you," says Butch Hancock.

Something that would bring this busy mom some peace of mind.

"I would love to have a backup sensor. I think most SUV's should come out with that because when you're in a hurry, I was talking to him and he was screaming 'let's get out of here.'  So sometimes your focus isn't always on paying attention when you back up so it's scary," Boyd says.

Back-up cameras could become mandatory safety equipment if proposed new legislation becomes law.

The proposal from the national highway traffic safety administration would mean all vehicles would be required to use rear view cameras by 2014.

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