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Impending Mandate on Event Data Recorders Raises Concern amongst Auto Manufactures - Kiley Law Group Weighs in on Potential to Save Lives
Date:12/20/2012

Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) December 20, 2012

According to the Los Angeles Times*, a proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new model light passenger vehicles is expected to be finalized in the near future. Event data recorders, more commonly known as “black boxes”, collect important information that can be used to help find the cause of serious-injury auto collisions.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 95% of newer model vehicles have the ability to record event data. If NHTSA’s proposed rule is passed, an estimated incremental cost of nearly $25 million is expected to follow.

Although no organizations have yet to actively oppose the standard, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has begun to posture. Gloria Bergquist, Alliance spokeswoman, expressed concern over the potential for these types of mandates to evolve and infringe on Americans’ privacy.

Gloria Bergquist anticipates “further rule-making that will start to expand the data collection.” She expressed concern that “the collected data also includes some potentially embarrassing information about vehicle speed and whether its driver was wearing a seat belt, and it can be a factor in lawsuits or criminal prosecutions.”

Event data recorders are not currently known to record a vehicle’s route, safety system performance, or speed over an extended period of time but instead record a vehicle’s technical data for only a few seconds.

Tom Kiley Sr., Boston car accident attorney from Kiley Law Group, has been assisting victims of serious injury car collisions for more than t
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