NHTSA proposes mandatory event data recorders in light vehicles

December 19, 2012

Washington – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Dec. 13 published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require event data recorders to be installed in all light vehicles manufactured on or after Sept. 1, 2014. The proposed regulations would affect all passenger vehicles weighing less than 8,500 pounds that require frontal air bags.

EDRs compile information about a vehicle and its occupants, including driver inputs such as acceleration, steering and braking; as well as the speed of the vehicle for a brief period of time before, during and after a crash. The data assists NHTSA in determining what steps can be taken to help prevent future crash injuries and fatalities, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in a press release.

NHTSA previously established technical standards for EDRs voluntarily installed in vehicles on or after Sept. 1, 2012, which accounts for about 96 percent of model year 2013 passenger cars and light vehicles, according to the press release. Comments on the NPRM are due Feb. 11.