September 09, 2012
joe's Favorite Thing: Car Backup Warning Alarm — No wiring or tools needed
That every vehicle on the road doesn't have an audible back-up alarm is confounding to me.
Trucks do by law — why not cars and SUVs too?
They also kill people.
Above and below, my 1988 Mercedes, still chugging along and now tricked out with these nifty add-ons.
I first featured this device in 2007, five years ago.
Since then about hundreds of people have died in the the U.S. alone from being run over by cars they didn't realize were backing up.
Probably 10 times that number have been hospitalized with serious, sometimes permanent debilitating injuries.
And you're still thinking about whether or not to get one of these $2.99 alarms that quickly attach to ANY vehicle and work?
What's wrong with you?
Below, my April 27, 2007 post.
Wireless Backup Alert
Wireless Back-up Warning automatically sounds when vehicle is put into reverse.
Helps warn pedestrians, children and others of your vehicle’s movement in driveways, parking lots and on streets.
Just affix device to the reverse light on any car, SUV, truck or trailer — no tools needed!
Durable ABS plastic.
1-1/2" x 1" x 3/4".
Below, a follow-up post that appeared on June 26, 2007.
Backup Alert — Episode 2: Better than advertised
So impressed was I by this nifty device that I ordered a second one so that I'd have twice the alert power.
For those who scoffed upon reading Episode 1 back on April 27, 2007 that it's just one more irritating thing in the soundscape, I would point out that it's not superloud like a commercial truck or vehicle's backup warning but rather a chirp that's audible within about a 15 foot radius of the car.
Now get with the program.
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I'm going to slap a set of these on my everyday Rolls.
Posted by: Flautist | Sep 11, 2012 11:18:04 PM
Rocketboy, now i get it, it's activated from the light coming from the backup light bulb. so simple!
Posted by: rob | Sep 11, 2012 8:58:41 PM
I may not be a member of any sort of crack research team, but I do believe the secret lies within the placement of said object.
Posted by: Rocketboy | Sep 10, 2012 11:21:10 PM
how does this 3 dollar item know the vehicle is in reverse?
Posted by: rob | Sep 10, 2012 10:41:27 PM
The problem is that a good 90% of the time someone hears a backup beep, they ignore it, because rightfully so, it doesn't apply to the area that they are in.
Posted by: Rocketboy | Sep 10, 2012 12:28:07 PM
Thanks, Joe. I was one of the ones that wondered what your neighbors thought of you. That last bit changes everything.
Posted by: tamra | Sep 9, 2012 10:04:57 PM
Dang, got one of my SAABs beat by a year!
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 9, 2012 8:04:34 PM
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