NHTSA Thinks Data Recorders Are Essential to Auto Safety

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The Detroit News - December 19, 2012

Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials think “black box” vehi­cle onboard data recorders are essen­tial for high­way safe­ty. NHTSA Admin­is­tra­tor David Strick­land opposed on/off switch­es that could allow motorists to turn off event data recorders, say­ing it would be a “hor­ri­ble thing for safe­ty.” NHTSA would like to see all vehi­cles built after Sep­tem­ber 2014 to have data recorders, and that about 96% of 2013 light-duty vehi­cles have the capa­bil­i­ty.

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