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Automotive Black Boxes May Become Mandatory

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may make event data recorders, also known as “black boxes,” a requirement for all vehicles beginning next month.

Event data recorders are already installed in some automobiles and record information during vehicle crashes and accidents. The devices cannot be turned off and are triggered by problems in the engine or dramatic changes in wheel speed. General Motors has installed black boxes in nearly all of its vehicles with airbags since the 1990s.

“In the early 90’s, we could get diagnostic data, seatbelt use, and crash severity,” said General Motors senior manager of field incidents Brian Everest. “Currently, we can get crash severity, buckle status, pre-crash data related to how many events the vehicle may have been in, and brake application.”

Newer vehicles with the devices can also identify steering input and whether turn signals were used.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, please contact the Rhinelander Car Accident Lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.

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