An increasing amount of today’s new vehicles are being equipped with back-up sensors. OEM Back-up sensors are designed and marketed as parking aids, yet their benefits affect more than just the driver when parking.
Two of the main causes of accidents are blind spots and distractions. A back up sensor changes the detection and response time for a reversing driver. With Honda OEM Back-up Sensors, you’ll be able to get yourself in or out of a tight spot, using parking spots you previously thought were too small and all the while protecting the paint on your vehicle.
How does a Back-Up Sensor work?
A back-up sensor uses four sensors that emit audible beeps into the cabin while you back up, signaling objects as you approach them. Those beeps quicken as your vehicle gets closer to objects, helping you in and out of tight spots while protecting your vehicle (and other people’s vehicles as well).
Features of an OEM Back-up Sensor
*There are three detection zones that give the following warnings:
Zone 1: Slow beep within 6.5-3.5 feet, flashing green LED indicator
Zone 2: Medium beep within 3.5-1.3 feet, flashing yellow LED indicator
Zone 3: Steady tone within 1.3 feet, flashing red LED indicator
(ranges are approximate and will vary depending on installation, weather and object size and shape)
*Detects only obstacles which are getting closer to the vehicle, eliminating false warnings.
* Both the sensitivity and the detection range are independently adjustable, allowing passive re-arming to maintain safety.
*Adjustable buzzer volume and tricolor LED warning module helps with object range notification.
* An OEM Back-up Sensor system comes with a three year warranty.
Your Vehicle’s Blind Spots
SBA.com conducted an investigation to measure the blind spots for several different types of vehicles: sedan, minivan, SUV, and pickup truck. The data they provide explains how the if bottom of the rear window rises, the car length increases, or if the driver’s height decreases, the length of the blind spot increases. The good news is that back-up sensors can help prevent accidents in all shapes and sizes of Honda vehicles.
The Greatest Benefit
Reversing accidents occur every 1.6 minutes in the United States. Over 300,000 reversing accidents are reported every year, and that doesn’t include the unreported accidents.
Most backing over accidents are the result of an object being obscured from view by a vehicle’s blind spot. The longer and taller the vehicle is, the bigger the blind spot may be, making it more difficult to see.
Kidsandcars.org reports that at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week in the United States. Forty-eight (48) are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least two (2) children are fatality injured 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.
The principle benefit of a back-up sensor system is that it reduces the risk to small children, other pedestrians and reversing vehicles by warning the driver of any objects that block their path.
**Additional sensors can be purchased for the front, center and corner sections of your vehicle**
Back-up sensors are an important Honda Accessory to prevent injuries and vehicle damage and should be seriously considered based on your car’s dimensions and your driving environment.