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• KidsandCars.org and Cartunes of Atlanta were featured in a news segment outlining the dangers of backover accidents and the advantages of adding a back-up camera
• Reporter demonstrated how a group of kids could stand behind a vehicle and be unseen through the side mirrors
• “Janette Fennell lobbied hard to introduce and pass legislation that requires rear-view cameras on all vehicles manufactured in or after 2018. But drivers need not buy a new vehicle to get this life-saving technology. They can get it today from their local mobile electronics specialist.”
“Hidden Danger” segment tells tragic story, demonstrates addition of rear-view cameras on any vehicle
NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – November 21, 2014 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – The Mobile Electronics Group (MEG), which provides infrastructure, business resources and enterprise solutions to retail and manufacturing entities in the automotive aftermarket, joined one of its premier retail members to work with a prominent partner to participate in an on-air segment advocating the safety benefits of installing a rear-view camera. The segment aired on WXIA Channel 11 in Atlanta during its evening newscast on November 17, and is available to view on the station’s website as well as the group’s consumer site, www.incarexperts.com.
KidsandCars.org, a website and organization that champions vehicle safety in the prevention of child-related accidents, worked with the station and Cartunes of Atlanta, a 36-year-old mobile electronics sales and installation facility in Georgia’s capital, to create the segment, called “Hidden Danger: Preventing Vehicle Backover Accidents.” Janette Fennell, KidsandCars.org’s president and founder, provided information and statistics on backover-related deaths to the station in preparation for the segment, while Cartunes of Atlanta performed a rear-view camera installation on the 7-year-old vehicle belonging to news reporter Julie Martin, who produced the story.
The segment recounts the tragic death of 4-year-old Jackson Peck, who was unseen behind his grandmother’s vehicle, and who was killed when she accidentally backed over the child. The reporter went on to demonstrate how an entire group of children could stand directly behind a vehicle and not be seen through the side-view or rear-view mirrors.
“When I put the car in reverse, it’s a whole different picture on my camera,” Martin said.
In the segment, Cartunes Atlanta Manager Emran Alborno outlines the basics of the installation and how the camera can be connected to an existing factory-installed screen. This connection can require a separate third-party adapter to make the camera compatible with the factory radio. Nav-TV (www.navtv.com), a safety and convenience product supplier based in Coral Springs, Fla., provided the camera and integration module for the specific installation.
Other options include connection to an aftermarket radio screen, or to an added on-dash monitor. Several companies also produce a replacement rear-view mirror with an embedded monitor that turns on when the vehicle is put into reverse gear and disappears behind the mirror’s surface when not in use.
“It’s an important message for our industry, and for the safety of children and drivers alike,” said Chris Cook, president of the Mobile Electronics Group. “The driving message of the piece, tragedy notwithstanding, is that we can provide the safety and peace of mind of dependable behind-the-vehicle viewing on almost any vehicle, regardless of age. Janette Fennell lobbied hard to introduce and pass legislation that requires rear-view cameras on all vehicles manufactured in or after 2018. But drivers need not buy a new vehicle to get this life-saving technology. They can get it today from their local mobile electronics specialist.”
The video can be viewed at Channel 11’s website, 11alive.com, and at incarexperts.com. Consumers can use the dealer locator at incarexperts.com to find an authorized retail sales and installation center to upgrade their vehicle with a rear-view camera system. Select manufacturers of these systems include VOXX International (www.voxxintl.com), Brandmotion (www.brandmotion.com), Accele Electronics (www.accele.com) and Alpine Electronics (www.alpine-usa.com).
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