NHTSA withdraws proposal to demand event data recorders in cars, trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday it’s withdrawing a 2012 Obama administration proposal to require event data recorders in all new cars and trucks because it states automakers have installed the devices in almost all vehicles.

The bureau proposed requiring the devices, sometimes called”black boxes” in most vehicles, but hadn’t finalized it.

The head of customer advocacy group Center for Auto Safety contested the operator’s move. In an email, manager Jason Levine said the decision to withdraw the proposal”seems especially problematic as the need for uniform collision data components to assist crash investigators only increases with every iteration of innovative security technology.”

NHTSA could not immediately be reached for additional comment.

The bureau also proposed in December 2012 requiring the capture of safety-related information in the moments before and during a motor vehicle crash. In 2006, NHTSA necessitated the collection of certain data such as vehicle speed, crash drives in the moment of impact, if an air bag deployed or when the brakes were implemented in the minutes before a crash and if seat belts were fastened.

NHTSA said in a statement it was withdrawing the proposal because nearly 100 percent of manufacturers voluntarily equip vehicles using the apparatus.

The agency added it’s working with a proposal to upgrade pre-crash recording demands for event data recorders which was demanded by Congress in a 2015 law.

That law requires the bureau to establish the”appropriate period” for vehicles to capture information to provide”accident investigators with vehicle-related information pertinent to accidents involving these motor vehicles.”

A 2014 congressional report stated data from the apparatus may be used by law enforcement agencies to help determine why an accident occurred and can be used by automakers to better understand vehicle performance in crash situations and by security officials to probe safety problems.

The National Transportation Safety Board in 2004 advocated the devices be made compulsory in all vehicles after an accident at a farmers’ market in Santa Monica, California, killed nine people and the agency couldn’t determine exactly what happened.

The Trump administration has pledged to eliminate what it rains unnecessary regulations.