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Event data recorder (EDR) or "black box"  (Source: carseek.com)
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers wanted to push the setting of black box standards to September 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declined the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers' request to delay set standards for "black boxes" in vehicles.
 
The black boxes, called event data recorders (EDRs), are used in autos to record the last moments before an accident to identify its cause. Automakers have been using them for awhile now, but the NHTSA's new standards, which are to be set September 1, could force auto companies to replace their current EDRs for more expensive ones. 
 
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents automakers like Detroit's Big Three, wanted to delay the setting of EDR standards to September 2013. The group said automakers with older EDRs can meet the new regulations by disabling these older versions, but only as long as the new rules set standards for the devices -- not mandate them. 
 
The NHTSA rejected the request in an eight-page letter, saying that it has already cooked up some ways to help automakers comply without having to spend extra money. Besides, the new standards have already been delayed several times since the rules were finalized in August 2006. 
 
"The agency has made it a priority to work toward a proposed standard that would mandate these devices on all passenger vehicles on the nation's roadways," said Lynda Tran, NHTSA spokeswoman. "NHTSA remains committed to proposing a standard in the coming months that will help save lives by ensuring both automakers and the agency have the necessary data to make continued improvements in vehicle safety."
 
According to NHTSA, EDRs are already in 91.6 percent of vehicles today, and it would only cost about $24.4 million to boost this number to 100 percent. This is based on the sale of 15.5 million light vehicles annually. 
 
Back in April, the U.S. Senate passed a bill called the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act," also called "MAP21." The bill aimed to place EDRs in all 2015 model year vehicles, but also had a bit of a downside -- the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could strip Americans of their passports if they owed enough tax money. 
 

 

Source: The Detroit News



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By Samus on 8/15/2012 1:39:49 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. I don't see eye-to-eye with you on many things, but this is something that is going to happen automatically. Why is this even taking up valuable time in government. God damnit is this seriously the crap they talk about in the House/Senate?

It seems they just distract us all from the real issues (like our failing education system and complete lack of national security) and just talk about crap that has no place in government all day long like vehicle data recorders, abortion, gun control, gay marriage, yada yada....politicians, start doing your jobs and focus on REAL ISSUES.

So yes, what I am saying is if you believe in regulating vehicle data recorders, abortion, gun control and marriage rights, then you are part of the problem. All of this crap should be controlled state-by-state. Education and national security is only something as large as the federal government can fix, because in its current state, it will require more money than any state has available to fix.


By Dr of crap on 8/15/2012 8:41:32 AM , Rating: 2
"...politicians, start doing your jobs and focus on REAL ISSUES"

Do you REALLY EVER think this will happen???

It's ALL about the money and keeping themsleves in office - nothing else. Our political system has turned to sh$t and it only getting worse!

I'm thinking the founders of our govt wouldn't like what they see now days, but Ben Franklin, I think it was, made reference to something like this. He could see that the form our govt they set up wasn't bound to last to long!


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