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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

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 thirty years. “The information salvaged from “black boxes” has helped authorities understand and prevent auto collisions for years. Any actions designed to increase their effectiveness while honoring the rights of American citizens are a step in the right direction.

“It does not surprise me that the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is not in favor of safety devices that cause its costs to grow,” said Attorney Kiley.

As currently stated, the new rule would not change the requirements for the amount or type of data obtained, but these could be instituted. David Strickland, N.H.T.S.A.’s safety agency administrator, said that “a broader E.D.R. requirement would ensure the agency has the safety-related information it needs to determine what factors may contribute to crashes across all vehicle manufacturers,” said Mr. Strickland.

About Kiley Law Group

Tom Kiley and the Kiley Law Group have been providing Massachusetts auto collision victims with top-notch legal services for more than three decades. Kiley attorneys assist victims of car and motorcycle accidents.

For more information about Kiley Law Group Massachusetts personal injury attorneys, click here or call 888-208-1695.

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