The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has denied a petition filed by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers seeking to “delay by one year the effective date of regulations establishing requirements related to event data recorders (EDRs) voluntarily installed on light vehicles.” The alliance had apparently suggested that this action would “enable vehicle manufacturers to retain current EDR functionality across all vehicle models and avoid disabling legacy EDR systems for a limited number of vehicle models.” Noting that implementation of the 2006 final rule has already been delayed, NHTSA indicated that its most recent amendments to the rulemaking “alleviate the most significant areas of concern expressed by the Alliance and will not necessitate further delays in implementation.”  

Noting that implementation of the 2006 final rule has already been delayed, NHTSA indicated that its most recent amendments to the rulemaking “alleviate the most significant areas of concern expressed by the Alliance and will not necessitate further delays in implementation.”

The regulations, which take effect September 1, 2012, establish “uniform performance requirements for the accuracy, collection, storage, survivability and retrievability of onboard motor vehicle crash EDRs voluntarily installed in light passenger vehicles…. The final rule aimed to standardize the data obtained through EDRs so that such data would provide information to enhance the agency’s understanding of crash events and safety system performance, thereby potentially contributing to safer vehicle designs and more effective safety regulations.” See Federal Register, August 14, 2012.