The bureau proposed requiring the devices, sometimes called”black boxes” in all vehicles, but hadn’t finalized it.
The head of consumer advocacy group Center for Auto Safety contested the operator’s move. In an email, manager Jason Levine stated the decision to withdraw the proposal”seems particularly problematic as the demand for uniform crash data elements to aid crash investigators simply increases with each iteration of advanced security technology.”
NHTSA couldn’t immediately be reached for additional comment.
The agency also proposed in December 2012 requiring the capture of safety-related data from the moments before and during a motor vehicle crash. In 2006, NHTSA required the selection of certain data such as vehicle speed, crash forces at the moment of impact, whether an air bag deployed or if the brakes were implemented in the moments before a crash and if seat belts were fastened.
NHTSA said in a statement it was withdrawing the proposal because nearly 100 percent of manufacturers voluntarily equip vehicles using the apparatus.
The agency added it’s working with a proposal to update pre-crash recording demands for event data recorders which was required by Congress at a 2015 law.
That legislation requires the agency to set up the”appropriate period” for vehicles to catch information to provide”accident investigators with vehicle-related info related to crashes involving such vehicles.”
A 2014 congressional report stated data from the devices can be used by law enforcement agencies to help determine why an incident happened and is used by automakers to better understand vehicle performance in collision scenarios and by safety officials to probe security problems.
In 2006, NHTSA adopted regulations requiring EDRs to collect information if they had been installed in vehicles and steps to ensure the survivability of their information within an crash.Automakers are free to accumulate extra data whenever they choose.
The Trump administration has vowed to remove what it deems unnecessary regulations.