New Regulations For In-Car Black Box Still On Track image

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sticks to the new rules concerning the in-car black box.

In April the NHTSA required black boxes or event data recorders on all new cars sold in the States by the 2015 model year. Such devices are already found on 91.6% of the cars in the US, including all Toyota, GM and Ford models. The standardization of data recorders on new cars will take effect on September 1st this year.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers petitioned NHTSA to extend the date until at least September 1st, 2013, but the appeal was rejected. The group said that automakers who already have the old event data recorders can disable them to comply with the new regulations. GM already said it will disable the devices on both GMC Savana and Chevrolet Malibu models.

According to the new rules the information EDR modules collect has to be standardized, and also the format with which data is stored. The Black Box issue is not new at all. Back in 2006 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advised but didn’t require carmakers to install the system. But the bill requiring the installation of black boxes was passed on April 20th by the U.S. Senate and waited for approval from the U.S. House of Representatives.