EDR Requirement In Jeopardy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its report on Event Data Recorders (EDRs) in 2002. They asserted that such devices could assist safety agencies and manufacturers in better identifying safety problems and to aid law enforcement and the courts to determine fault.

However, in a story that appeared on the Reuters website, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement on February 4th that it planned to scrap a 2012 proposal by the Obama Administration to require automakers to install event recorders on all new vehicles. The federal agency said the reason behind the withdrawal of the proposal was because automakers are already installing such devices into almost all new cars and trucks already.

Jason Levine, the current head of Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group, said in a statement that the withdrawal of the Obama-era proposal seems to be rather problematic as technology advances. Levine feels that having a uniform standard of crash data elements would go a long way to assist investigators in the cause of crashes.

The NHTSA has said that instead of the Obama Administration’s requirement, they were focusing on an even more recent proposal in 2015 by Congress regarding the use of EDR’s in vehicles. Because the Trump Administration has been rolling back what it feels are unnecessary regulations in many industries. However, it is possible that any proposed regulations requiring EDR’s installed in new vehicles may be removed.

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