SEMA eNews Vol. 22, No. 8, February 21, 2019

Automakers Voluntarily Installing Black Boxes, So No Need for NHTSA Mandate

By Washington, D.C., Staff

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has withdrawn a proposed rule to require event data recorders (EDR) in all new cars and trucks since they are already being voluntarily installed by automakers in nearly all light-duty vehicles.

NHTSA had proposed the rule in 2012 when many vehicles did not have so-called black boxes. NHTSA already has a standard for performance requirements for EDRs, 49 CFR Part 563. Data collected can identify pre-crash vehicle speed and whether brakes were applied and air bags deployed. 

A 2015 law requires NHTSA to consider updating the pre-crash data being collected. 

For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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